Lumos announces FTTH investment plans for two North Carolina counties

Sept. 12, 2022
The company says the FTTP effort will see more than 600 miles of fiber deployed to reach approximately 35,000 residents and businesses across the two counties.

Broadband services provider Lumos says it plans to spend approximately $50 million to deploy fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure in the North Carolina counties of Durham and Orange. The company says the effort will see more than 600 miles of fiber deployed to reach approximately 35,000 residents and businesses across the two counties.

“We are already working with Lumos to provide high-speed internet access to more than 24,000 addresses in Orange County,” said Renee Price, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, “And we’re delighted that this additional project will provide fiber broadband access to another 1,500 homes and businesses in the eastern portion of Orange County.”

“The Durham economic development community is always excited to welcome new service providers to the area,” added Ryan Regan, vice president of economic development, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to partnering with Lumos as they bring broadband to our growing communities.”

Lumos says it will begin engineering work “immediately,” with plans to begin construction in early 2023. The company offers services at speeds up to 2 Gbps symmetrical.

“The world is more connected than ever. Lumos aims to unlock the potential of the digital world - from work-from-home environments, to telemedicine, to a gig economy. By providing 100% fiber-optic internet, we are helping to ensure our local communities and small businesses don't get left behind because their digital infrastructure can't keep up,” said Brian Stading, Lumos CEO. “This expansion highlights Lumos’s commitment to bringing competitive choice and the best technology available to the community, creating a connection to the future.”

Lumos Networks, which had served Virginia, recently merged with sibling company NorthState of North Carolina under the Lumos brand (see “Lumos Networks, NorthState combine under Lumos brand, name new CEO” in Lightwave sibling Broadband Technology Report). EQT owns the company (see “EQT to buy Lumos Networks for $950 million”).

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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