back to article Lumen to double size of US network with six million extra miles of fiber

Lumen Technologies Tuesday said it would double the size of its US intercity network to 12 million fiber miles by the end of 2026. When complete, the telco says the network will connect 50 major cities across the United States at data rates of up to 400Gbps. According to Lumen — formerly CenturyLink — the expansion will serve …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's good forward planning ..

    .. judging by the increasing size of patch Tuesday data loads..


  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Ah, CenturyLink

    "We got thousands of miles of fiber! We just don't know where any of it is, or where it connects to!"

    "Wait, who owns this piece of fiber in our trench???" -- "You do"

    1. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

      Re: Ah, CenturyLink

      Lots of Lumen/CenturyLink/Level3 connects to Russia so we need more bandwidth for all the brute-force attacks coming in.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Ah, CenturyLink

      No, Lumen knows where their fiber is. The only one in the US that can't find their fiber is Zayo Bandwidth. When they got a fiber cut they got to find the guy that put it in or walk for miles from the office with LOS with a cable finder. All of the phone companies lease fiber from each other. Sometimes Lumen, AT&T, Verizon, any of the Bells, Global Capacity, ect are affected when Zayo has a cut and their OSP manager is standing there picking his nose wondering where the cut is. They won't spend a penny on documenting it neither.

      Anonymous because I'm an outside plant optical field technician, and have worked for some or all of these companies. Except Zayo, won't never work for them again. They work people to death. Buddy of mine fell asleep and drove his company truck into a tree one night after working 3 days straight. I found a new job after that.

  3. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    It's fibre.

    I couldn't go to the US, I'd die of OCD.

  4. Kapsalon

    Lumen's European network is going to be Colt

    Missed by thereg, but Lumen is leaving Europe (if the deal is not blocked by the regulators), and that money is invested in the US by the looks of it.

  5. Marty McFly Silver badge

    Foxtrot Oscar to Lumen / Centurytel!

    They have IGNORED rural America for decades, assuming their craptastic DSL service would last forever without competition. For twenty years they have charged me an "Infrastructure Improvement Fee" and done NOTHING to make my service better.

    Guess what, Starlink is here and has eaten their lunch. Faster & more reliable. Plus none of these Bravo-Sierra hidden add-on fees. Rural America has dealt with their garbage-grade Internet service & non-existent customer support for too long. They can't wait to move on to an alternative ISP.

    Big news about an investment in a fiber upgrade? Pfffft. Too little, too late. Buh-bye Centurytel/Lumen!

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