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USA FIBER announces unique Potomac crossing

The underground dark fiber build will bypass Washington, D.C.

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USA FIBER, a Baltimore-based company that engineers and builds dark fiber networks, announced on Monday that it will be executing a new build connecting Ashburn, Va., and Baltimore. The carrier neutral route will be brought to market in 2016.
The build will be completely underground, and will bypass D.C. by boring under the Potomac River. In a statement, USA FIBER President Judd Carothers called the project “one of the most challenging and exciting fiber builds in the market.”
Four specific reasons have been given for the utility of the build, including clients that need to bypass D.C. in some cases and those that are seeking to improve latency so as to remain competitive. Indeed, the Potomac crossing between Virginia and Maryland is expected to significantly decrease the latency of data traffic coming out of Ashburn — “the world’s Internet gateway.”
The project will affect “some of the nation’s most critical sites located in Maryland,” according to Carothers. “These sites along our route lead our nation’s efforts, either in the private or public sector, in critical areas such as: cyberterrorism, healthcare, innovative research in life sciences and space, engineering, financial services and education,” he said.

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