Fiber Optic

Chicago-based Crosstown Fiber took the lid off its business launch today, which aims to build, maintain, and operate a robust fiber network with a specific focus.

The company will offer fiber infrastructure built below ground to provide unique routes and strategic alternative paths between data centers and other entities.

Crosstown custom designs, builds, leases and maintains high-capacity, high-bandwidth, dark fiber optic networks providing customers the ability to use a redundant ring structure with a network route spanning approximately 400 route miles across all corners of Chicago.

Crosstown’s underground network is designed for customers who need access to resilient fiber pathways. The company will target school systems, large corporations, hyperscalers and data center operators, small cell wireless carriers, content providers, as well as municipal and other government agencies.

“I’m extremely excited to launch this new venture, and bring a new level of connectivity to the Chicago market,” said Michael Underdown, Crosstown CEO and founder, in a prepared statement. “Our unique, underground network is the ideal fit for customers who need multiple, diverse fiber routes to maintain business uptime, with high capacity and availability to scale with their unique and evolving needs. We bring the optimal solutions to our customers by leveraging our deep expertise and working with partners who provide uncompromised products and services.”

Crosstown Fiber Network Map (Source: Crosstown Website)

The company’s network will initially connect educational institutions the city, providing them with unlimited bandwidth and transmission speed, access to a multitude of service providers, customer control of the network, security, optional redundancy capability, along with lower communications costs. The initial, three ring-backbone will be available by the end of the year.

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