Mass. company, City of Westminster expand local fiber networks

A Massachusetts company building a high-speed fiber network has added a 270-mile segment into the Baltimore area, while the City of Westminster is launching a high-speed network of its own.

Lightower Fiber Networks expanded its network to include Baltimore and parts of Baltimore, Howard and northern Anne Arundel counties, officials said Tuesday. The network extends to the Washington, D.C., area and Northern Virginia, connecting through Montgomery and Prince George's counties, as well.

Lightower's network extends from Virginia to Maine, and from New York to Chicago.

Westminster, meanwhile, announced Tuesday it is soliciting contractors to build a network planned to connect with 9,000 homes and 500 businesses across the city.

Fiber networks help businesses and other institutions share large amounts of data at faster speeds.

The network expansions come as Maryland officials work to build the One Maryland Broadband Network, a 1,300-mile network that will connect state and local government agencies and other institutions like universities and libraries.

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