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Consolidated Communications doubled the number of Fidium Fiber addresses that it reaches in Pennsylvania this year and now offers access to more than 28,000 homes and businesses in the state, the company said.

The increase was enabled by completing construction of its all-fiber Fidium network in more than 14,600 addresses in Allegheny, Armstrong and Butler counties. The operation to provide multi-gig internet also expanded in 21 communities, including Cranberry Township, Bairdford, Freeport, Gibsonia, Mars, Middlesex Township, Sarver, Saxonburg and Wexford.

Network construction began in 2021 and accelerated during the past two years, the company said. In all, it consists of more than 370 miles of fiber. The network provides symmetrical speeds as fast as 2 Gbps.

“Reliable, high-speed internet is no longer just a nice-to-have, but a necessity,” Gabe White, the senior director of outside plant engineering at Consolidated Communications, said in a press release. “We are excited to have connected even more Pennsylvania communities to Fidium Fiber over the past year. We’ve seen firsthand how fiber improves lives, and how much of a game-changer it will be for local residents and businesses.”

Consolidated brands its service as Fidium Fiber in California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont. Consolidated Communications has a footprint of more than 20 states.

The company announced in April 2022 that 30,500 addresses would get access to service in Gibsonia, Cranberry Township, Mars, Saxonburg, Valencia and Wexford, Pa. Thirteen thousand addresses were to be online by the end of April and the balance by the end of the year.

Two months later — In June, 2022 — the company said that 2 Gbps symmetrical service is available across its entire Fidium Fiber footprint.

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