New National DSL Provider Edges Into Business
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News Edge Networks is introducing wholesale digital subscriber line (DSL) access to under served markets at a record pace.
The broadband upstart is installing an average of one DSL switch a day on its march toward establishing a national footprint of broadband services to small markets.
The Washington-based firm took 120 days to initiate DSL service after receiving its first round of equity finance last year.
Dan Moffat, New Edge Networks president and chief executive officer, said the line-sharing ruling issued by the Federal Communications Commission last year helped facilitate their expansion, but that it's no small task to deploy a national broadband network.
In order to provide DSL service, a company must file with the local utility commissions to gain approval for deployment. Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs) switching systems must be installed at the incumbent phone carrier's central office. Reciprocal service arrangements must be made and a scaled network constructed.
Moffat said the company leveraged their experience with both competitive local exchange and incumbent carries, as well as Internet service providers to fuel their network expansion.
"Arguably, our time to market is the fastest and most aggressive among the new wave of data competitive local exchange carriers spawned following the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996," Moffat said. "We're scaling to install more than 100 DSLAMS a month to capture a huge market potential of business users that currently do not have broadband data capabilities in under served smaller cities and rural areas."
Moffat noted that it's companies like New Edge Networks that would work to span the "Digital Divide" to bring high-speed services to second and third tier markets.
"The demand for broadband access in these markets is as strong as it is in the major areas," Moffat said. "We are helping bridge the digital divide that separates those who have access to broadband technology from those who do not."
New Edge Networks filed for authorization to offer wholesale DSL services as a local exchange carrier in all 50 states in October. The company is currently providing DSL access in five states providing high-speed Internet services to small communities through more than 50 different central offices.