Optical Wave Providers

Jay Hanke jayhanke at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 14:42:18 UTC 2016

There are lots of national carriers in the US. A much smaller number
of those carriers actually own the fiber cables. There are a handful
(Zayo, Level3, CenturyLink, Windstream, Earthlink, Verizon) that have
very large national, or semi-national foot prints.

The carriers frequently trade and lease strands of fiber from each
other to create a national network. Be careful on the commodity routes
diversity wise. There are a lot of places with 20+ carriers in the
same cable (or duct) each claiming to own the route.


On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 6:08 PM,  <tim at 29lagrange.com> wrote:
> I have been looking at optical wave carriers for some long haul 1G/10G
> across the US. All to major cities and well known POP's.
> I am finding that there are not a lot of carriers who are offering wave
> services, usually just ethernet/MPLS.
> Particularly across the North west.
> Can someone shed some light on who some of the bigger carriers are and any
> challenges you have encountered with services like this?
> Who actually owns the fiber across the US?
> Thanks
> Tim

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