Originally posted on Data Center POST

DC BLOX has successfully completed its new dark fiber route connecting the Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station (CLS) to major connectivity exchanges in Atlanta. This completion marks a critical step in enhancing regional and international connectivity for hyperscalers, communication providers, local ISPs, and enterprises across the Southeast.

The newly established dark fiber route offers a high-capacity East-West connection, forming the backbone of the Southeast’s burgeoning digital ecosystem. This route extends from the Myrtle Beach CLS in South Carolina, passing through Charleston, SC, and Augusta, GA, before reaching key connectivity hubs in Atlanta, including 56 Marietta Street and the expanding data center landscape in Lithia Springs, GA.

Kurt Stoever, Chief Operating Officer of DC BLOX, emphasized the strategic importance of this infrastructure development: “With our regional colocation data centers, the Myrtle Beach CLS, our regional network, and this new dark fiber route, DC BLOX is building the infrastructure needed to support the Southeast’s rapid growth. Digital infrastructure is the foundation that will drive the economies of the 21st century, and DC BLOX is proud to be enabling our communities to thrive.”

This dark fiber route not only enhances connectivity between Northern Virginia and Atlanta but also introduces vital route diversity for data traffic, enhancing the overall resilience of the network. The introduction of this new route complements existing initiatives like Windstream‘s Beach Route, which connects Raleigh, NC, to Myrtle Beach, SC, and beyond.

Additionally, DC BLOX is constructing a dark fiber ring around Atlanta, linking two hyperscale-ready data center facilities under development on the city’s east and west sides. This metro-Atlanta fiber ring will integrate with the new East-West route, offering expansive global connectivity options from the region.

Importantly, the East-West route traverses numerous rural areas in South Carolina and Georgia, providing a crucial network express route to Atlanta. This connectivity is pivotal for ISPs and local cooperatives working to build broadband services for underserved and rural communities, contributing significantly to closing the digital divide in these regions.

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