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New York to Ashburn Fiber Route Close to Completion PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:21

United Fiber and Data announced on Nov. 15, that its long-planned 400-mile data network connecting New York to Virginia via York City is almost complete.

"We are finally, actually getting there," said Chris Lodge, chief operating officer for United Fiber and Data.

At the recent update meeting held at Martin Library, Lodge said there are just 40 miles left to complete along the route, and work in York will be wrapped up over the holiday season.

The network is part of a Gigabit Revolution plan aimed to bring high-speed internet to southcentral Pennsylvania counties.

The project is funded in part by members of the York-based rock band Live.

United Fiber and Data's network starts in New York City and ends in Ashburn, Virginia, which sees about 70 percent of all internet traffic, Lodge said.

Ashburn is a key component to the network's success, according to Lodge.

A network with the "greatest connectivity and optimization" not connected to Ashburn is similar to "having a sports car without tires," Lodge said.

The increased fiber optic network will allow new businesses to come into York and rival big city firms, which will help reshape York's economy, said Bill Hynes, UFD founder and CEO.

The project will help bring York into the fourth industrial revolution, said Mayor Michael Helfrich.