Fierce Telecom | From CenturyLink to FirstLight: Charting the Top 13 Fiber Buyers in 2017

Whether it was CenturyLink buying Level 3, Crown Castle buying Lightower or regional operator Atlantic Broadband acquiring dark fiber assets from FiberLight, the year 2017 showed that fiber is valuable to a diverse set of service providers.

Digital Communitites | Tennessee Valley Authority to Invest $300M Expanding Fiber Network

The Tennessee Valley Authority currently has about 3,500 miles of fiber optic lines along more than 16,000 miles of transmission lines.

IT-TNA | Data Center Dilemma: Build, Buy or… Sink

Multi-tenant data center providers grew 6.1% last year, and reached revenues of $115.3 billion. The digital economy is reshaping the data center market. The industry is finding growth with an increased rate of “cloud” adoption and massive provider consolidation coupled with the mass departure of major telecom companies from the data center services sector.

Network Computing | The Cloud Cures M&A IT Integration Headaches

Analysts predict an increased number of tech M&A deals in 2016, even after a flurry of deals closed in 2015. While the sheer size of these deals and the potential ramifications make the headlines, the fate of future mergers may hinge on a less flashy, but still critical detail: what each company will do with its big, new data centers.