Grand Rapids, Mich.-based US Signal is significantly expanding its long-haul fiber network in Southern and Central Ill., St. Louis, Mo. and Southern Indiana.  The expansion includes central offices in the cities listed below. The announcement continues the company’s expansion into Illinois, following network growth in Chicago in 2008 and 2009. During the last 18 months the company has added eight new markets in the Midwest.

This expansion will add approximately 1,000 miles of long-haul fiber to the US Signal network.

Newest POPs include:
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 critical to US Signal’s philosophy of connecting key markets with advanced data transport services," said Kirk Dombek, US Signal’s director of business development, in a statement. "The recently added long haul routes enable US Signal to deliver Virtual Ethernet Service, which provides access to a fully meshed, scalable and reliable network to support any data bandwidth solution."

US Signal’s network now includes more than 7,000 route miles of long-haul fiber and more than 900 miles of fiber optic metro rings in 22 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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