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Everstream plans to invest more than $250 million in the buildout of its dense fiber network in 2020 as part of an organic and acquisition-based growth strategy that is intended to position the company as the premier fiber provider in the Midwest. The strategy also includes entry into five new Midwest markets, helping Everstream reach its goal of more than 15,000 route miles of fiber deployed by year’s end.

“Everstream’s goals for 2020 are aggressive,” Everstream President and CEO Brett Lindsey said in a statement. “We actively continue our network build to provide high-capacity, low-latency connectivity to businesses throughout the Midwest. At the same time, we are also strategically pursuing acquisition and partnership opportunities that will help us reach our goals more quickly while densifying the network already in place. Because of the tremendous growth we’re experiencing, 2020 is going to be an exciting year for Everstream and our customers.”

In 2020, Everstream plans to:

  • Invest more than $250 million in new network builds.
  • Bring high-speed connectivity to five additional Midwest markets, including Chicago, St. Louis, Dayton, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Establish local offices in these cities and hire more than 100 total new employees.

The strategy also includes providing customers direct connection to Everstream’s other markets, as well as connectivity to Everstream’s 36 state-of-the-art data centers across the Midwest.

Everstream’s 2020 plans follow a successful 2019 in which the company invested more than $70 million in new network construction and grew total route miles across its markets by 30%, to a total of more than 13,000. Everstream brought its high-capacity, low-latency connectivity services to Columbus, Indianapolis and Milwaukee, and added fiber to densify its network in Cleveland. Two acquisitions also boosted the company’s Midwest presence.

Everstream’s enterprise-grade network is touted for its ability to deliver robust business fiber services, including dedicated internet access, dark fiber, Ethernet and data center solutions. The company’s advanced fiber network offers direct peering with all major carriers and cloud hyperscalers. With high-speed, low-latency connections, it provides converged internet, voice and data services at speeds of up to 100 Gbps.

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