Zayo will continue to develop its fiber network within West Virginia to support the high-bandwidth connectivity needs of federal agencies, military facilities, schools and businesses concentrated in the area. The network will connect federal agencies, schools and businesses in the I-79 High Tech Corridor and I-79 Technology Park.
To satisfy demand for bandwidth, this new deployment will provide Ethernet, wavelengths and SONET services to the I-79 High Tech Corridor and I-79 Technology Park, which is home to facilities operated by NOAA, the FBI, NASA and West Virginia University, as well as to several large technology companies in and around Fairmont, WVa.
“With its easy access to Washington, D.C., West Virginia has attracted a high number of federal agencies and military entities that require an agile and high-performing bandwidth infrastructure,” said David Howson, president of Zayo Bandwidth. “Zayo’s network in West Virginia is designed to support the high bandwidth demand of these customers.”
The addition of high bandwidth access connects Fairmont to an optical network ring that already includes the nearby cities of Morgantown and Clarksburg, and will provide an on-ramp and off-ramp to the I-79 High Tech Corridor. Carriers operating along the Corridor can use the network to provide communication services to federal organizations and local enterprises.
“Investments in broadband network infrastructure are essential to continuing Fairmont’s technology momentum. Fairmont is a strategic location and we anticipate this network expansion will support growth in the community,” said James Estep, president and CEO of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation. “Network capabilities along the I-79 corridor are critical to the economic growth of the community’s businesses.”