Grand Rapids-based US Signal Thursday announced that the expansion of its long-haul fiber network into Southern and Central, Ill., St. Louis, Mo. and southern Indiana is complete.

Said Stephen Oyer, US Signal’s co-chief operations officer: “Expanding our fiber routes throughout our footprint is critical to US Signal’s strategy of responding to customer demand.”

This expansion will add approximately 1,000 miles of long-haul fiber to the US Signal network. The expansion includes central offices in the following cities:

Bloomington, Ill. (BLTNILXD)
Peoria, Ill. (PEORILPJ)
Springfield, Ill. (SPFDILES)
Mattoon, Ill. (MTONILXC)
Centralia, Ill. (CENLILCE)
St. Louis, Mo. (STLSMO01 and STLSMOZC)
Terre Haute, Ind. (TRRHINXA)

“This expansion is a key component to US Signal’s philosophy of connecting key markets with advanced data transport services,” said Kirk Dombek, US Signal director of business development.  “The newly completed long haul routes enable US Signal to deliver advanced products like Virtual Ethernet Service, which provides access to a fully meshed, scalable and reliable network to support any data bandwidth providing a multitude of options for our customers.”

According to Dombek, “The value of Ethernet for businesses is the ability to mix and match any of the available Ethernet access types not only in metro areas, but also across the entire US Signal footprint. Virtual Ethernet Service reduces the complexity of a customer’s network configuration and, therefore, interface costs are greatly reduced and multiple access types are offered.” 

US Signal’s network now includes more than 9,000 route miles of long-haul fiber and more than 1,100 miles of fiber optic metro rings in 23 markets connecting regions in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. The US Signal network provides on-off ramps comprised of major carrier hotel locations, incumbent telephone company central offices and other lit buildings.

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