The United States is at the forefront of many emerging technologies and important scientific research. However, we’re still falling behind in other areas, one of which is the utilization of fiber optics by businesses. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), fiber optic usage in the U.S. ranks a lowly 18th of developed countries at 9.4 percent.

I had the opportunity to take part in a CEO Roundtable discussion today titled “Fiber as an Investment – Addressing North America’s Fiber Deficiency” at Telecom Exchange NYC 2016. As part of this panel discussion, I was able to debate with others in the industry whether or not cable companies and traditional carriers are making headway in moving from legacy networks to fiber and what the outlook is for an investment in fiber throughout North America.

At CenturyLink, we believe multiple fiber providers mitigate single points of failure within the data center. Our network possesses 100Gbps metro, long haul and IP transit directly connected to our data centers. We also have partnered with another 426 carriers across our 2.5 million square feet of data center space. CenturyLink and other carriers enable direct connections to multiple cloud providers, other data center operators and hundreds of thousands of on-net buildings. By directly connecting our data centers with multiple NSP and CSP partners, we embrace competition while providing low-latency and high availability.

If you’re attending Telecom Exchange in New York, please stop by our booth and say hello. My colleague, David Meredith, took part in another roundtable, “What Tech Companies Need from Telecom Partners.” This session involved panelists sharing their telecom ‘pain points’ and discussing where they see new growth opportunities moving forward.

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