YORK, Pa., February 28, 2013 United Fiber & Data (UFD) is proud to announce its plans for a new fiber-optic network that will offer a redundant, highly available, low-latency path from New York City and its surrounding areas to Ashburn, Virginia, connecting top destinations for Internet peering and high-bandwidth networking.
Founded in 2009, UFD has completed all necessary planning and has secured rights of way for the first phase of construction and will break ground on March 1. The companys high capacity, all-optical network will deliver a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions. UFDs privately owned and operated network will provide customers with a reliable Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network capable of delivering services up to 100 Gbps.
The UFD network will span more than 300 miles, stretching from New York City to Ashburn, Virginia. It will interconnect with many of the key data center, carrier interconnect and financial trading locations in the New York/New Jersey and northern Virginia areas. Between those two locations, the network will traverse diverse routes through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, bypassing the traditional I-95 route and instead stretching through the central Pennsylvania cities of Allentown, Reading, Lancaster and York. From there, the network will travel to Frederick, Maryland and into Ashburn, Virginia.
Due to its diverse routing, the UFD network has incorporated both logical and physical diversity into its plan, dramatically increasing its reliability. Despite a longer physical path, the network is designed to deliver the lowest latency possible, powered by some of the industrys most advanced equipment. The additional capacity will drive local and regional commerce and community access, offering more bandwidth flexibility for businesses along or near the network build.
Three members of the multi-platinum band +LIVE+ are major investors in this new network. The band members are dedicated to their hometown communities in Pennsylvania, and it is their intent to give back to this region that still supports them heavily, states William Hynes, Founder and member of the Board of Directors for UFD. +LIVE+ band members Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey are honored to be part of this venture, as the new network will provide community access, increase job opportunities and stimulate the local economy.
Todays unveiling of the United Fiber & Data network is accompanied by a full afternoon and evening of events at the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, Pennsylvania, hosted by Think Loud Development, LLC. Members of +LIVE+ will be in attendance at the Strand to sign autographs and greet fans. Michael and Marco Andretti, the father-son duo of the legendary racing dynasty, will also be onsite with several Indy cars. Additionally, two-time Emmy award-winning violinist, Damien Escobar, will be in attendance as part of the meet-and-greet activities. Escobar will also play at an invitation-only VIP reception later Thursday evening.