DC Blox sheds light on dark fiber, landing station buildouts

DC Blox is just the latest example of a data center provider expanding to do much more as hyperscaler growth provides a catalyst for new dark fiber routes and connectivity services.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2024

At Light Reading, we primarily focus on the communications industry. However, the definition of a communications provider is changing fast. 

Take DC Blox, a data center owner, builder and operator headquartered in Atlanta. The company started as a data center builder and provider in smaller US markets – cities without an NFL team. Eventually, hyperscale cloud providers expanded to those markets as their businesses required building more infrastructure closer to their users.

For DC Blox, that meant providing a wider range of services, including connectivity that used to be solely the domain of major telcos. As companies like DC Blox are well-funded, nimble and already proficient in building comms infrastructure, they're evolving to deliver and manage more than buildings for cloud servers.

"Now we are largely responding to a massive demand of new data center infrastructure, dark fiber infrastructure, lit services, infrastructure, subsea cable landing station infrastructure, so it's all coming together," said Bill Thomson, DC Blox's VP of marketing and product management. "And fortunately, we've had an opportunity to play in a lot of different roles."

In this podcast, Thomson discusses DC Blox's business and its dark fiber route connecting Atlanta's Internet Exchanges to its Myrtle Beach cable landing station, giving it a new set of offerings around regional and international connectivity, passing through evolving tech hubs like Augusta, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina.

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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