Dark-Fiber Network Services Procurement in the US
This report is intended to assist buyers of dark-fiber (or dark-fibre) network services. Dark fiber refers to optical fibers that are in place, but are not currently in use. Buyers can lease these unused optical fibers to send data and information. Buyers can use dark-fiber networks to create their own private communication networks without depending on traditional telecommunication providers. Vendors are telecommunication companies that control their own dark-fiber network infrastructures. Large vendors invest in their own networks, while small vendors purchase excess dark fiber from larger carriers. This report does not include dark-fiber retailers and wholesalers or vendors that lease public lit networks.