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Fibertech Networks expands into Detroit area

Rochester Business Journal
January 20, 2014

Fibertech Networks LLC is expanding its fiber-optic network to Detroit. The move marks the firm’s 30th market, and the new network will cover more than 750 miles, the company said.

“We’re really excited about it,” said John Purcell, chairman and CEO. “(It’s) a great opportunity for us to move into a new state and our 30th market, and to do so with a large contract that we have signed, which enables us to do this with some high degree of confidence.”
The network covers both the city of Detroit and its suburbs, passing through cities such as Canton, Chesterfield, Dearborn, Southfield, Trenton, Troy and Warren.
Both dark fiber and optical broadband options are service offerings of the company, targeting businesses that have used traditional carriers.

Detroit’s market was an important move for the company, Purcell said.

“There’s still 270,000 businesses in the metropolitan area of Detroit, and we feel that’s perfect for us to go after them,” Purcell said. “We have a very special approach to the whole thing that I think will bring us some business just like it has in our new markets in (New) Jersey that we opened three or four years ago, and the ones that we built in Ohio last year which we’re already setting up enterprise customers on top of the carrier that was our original anchor tenant.”

In addition to Detroit, Fibertech has networks in 10 states. Its markets include Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Syracuse and White Plains in New York; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; Indianapolis; Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio; Providence, R.I.; Hartford, Bridgeport, Stamford, Danbury, New London and New Haven, Conn; Springfield and Worcester, Mass.; Wilmington, Del.; Montgomery County, Md.; and Atlantic City, Newark and Trenton, N.J.

“This is a major expansion for Fibertech and an important step in our development as one of the largest and fastest growing metro fiber providers in the eastern U.S.,” Purcell said.

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