BALTIMORE —  Harbor Link Holdings LLC broke ground on the construction of a new 60-mile, diverse conduit route set to enhance connectivity between Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia. The route features conduit for fiber optic cables to enable multipath, high-speed connectivity along the highly traversed I-95 corridor. The underground infrastructure system will provide local and long-haul dark fiber capacity with more than 300 easy-access points to enable connectivity to bridge the digital divide for underserved communities along the route.

The new route offers dual-diverse paths along I-95 and Maryland RT-97, fortifying connectivity from Baltimore to Northern Virginia. This vital corridor currently has limited access to dark fiber — raw data pipes that can be lit and serviced by providers and private network operators for enhanced data transmission and security. 

“This project is a culmination of many years of work, and it’s exciting to get this much needed new fiber optic conduit system underway,” said Felix Dialoiso, founder and chief strategy officer of Harbor Link. “As the digital divide continues to affect underserved and minority communities, we are committed to bridging the divide to empower residents, businesses, and communities with accessible and affordable high-speed fiber optic solutions, enabling 5G wireless capabilities and improving internet access for as many as possible.”

Harbor Link supports equalized opportunities for all, and the use of its conduit and dark fiber system is available for large carriers to enhance and augment their network footprints with access to a more diverse and redundant route. Without massive capital expenditure investments, governments, enterprises, and carriers can access dark fiber to provide their own lit services, enabling an alternative option from traditional incumbent network operators.

Harbor Link’s new infrastructure project will offer much-needed route diversity to support pathway resilience and deliver end-to-end connectivity in under 1 ms between Baltimore and Northern Virginia. Future phases may consist of network expansions further into Virginia, Delaware, and other areas around the mid-Atlantic region.