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Florida city Palm Coast interconnects FiberNET open access network with Allied Fiber
Announced Date: 6/8/2015 Published Date: 6/10/2015

Allied Fiber, which is building an open access, network-neutral colocation and dark fibre superstructure in the U.S., and the city of Palm Coast, Florida, on the east coast of Florida between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, announced that they have connected their respective open-access fibre networks.

Through the agreement, Palm Coast's FiberNET network now offers connectivity via Allied Fiber to the major content distribution centres throughout the state of Florida. The expanded connectivity will help cable television and Internet providers in the community to improve services and offer more competitive pricing to local business and residential customers.

To achieve the network access, Palm Coast recently completed the construction of a lateral in Bunnell, Florida that links FiberNET to the Allied Fiber route. This new on-ramp allows businesses to access multiple service providers, including Joytel, a Jacksonville-based wireless service provider.

The FiberNET optical network covers more than 50-miles of major roadways in Palm Coast, including Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway in the town centre, the U.S. 1 corridor and down State Road 100 into Bunnell. FiberNET also provides service to all Palm Coast city facilities, Flagler Schools and more than two-dozen businesses.

It was noted that FiberNET's latest customer is the Watchtower Educational Facility in Palm Coast. For this project, QCS Telecom, which is owned by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, provided the all-fibre connection for the Palm Coast facility to Miami via the Allied Fiber network and used FiberNET to provide the last mile connectivity.

Allied Fiber recently announced that Windstream Communications had executed an indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreement and lease for dark fibre and neutral colocation to expand its network between Miami and Jacksonville in Florida. The agreement formed part of Windstream's initiative to build its WINterstate long haul optical network.