Facebook plans to build a fiber optic network from Ashburn, VA to Columbus, Ohio to connect two major internet exchanges. The work is expected to begin this year, and last between 18 to 24 months.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said about 275 miles of the route will be in West Virginia, providing the state with enhanced fiber optic connectivity.
As a result of the project, broadband
providers will be able to expand middle-mile networks into communities
along the route, and it will establish West Virginia as a preferred
route for fiber backbone construction, they say in the announcement. Continue reading