Today's Wall Street Journal highlights the activity in the hot market for metro fiber, noting that there have been 14 acquisitions in the industry this year alone and 45 since the fiber market began its turnaround in 2006.
"After the telecom bubble burst a decade ago, fiber was a dirty word," the Journal writes. "Now, the fiber-optic network business is enjoying a resurgence, particularly for metro fiber, the high-capacity lines that connect a city's office buildings, data centers and cellular towers to the Internet."
This trend has been developing for some time. One of the best sources for information on the evolution of the metro fiber market has been Telecom Ramblings, where Rob Powell recently itemized all the metro fiber deals in 2010. The site also offers a resource guide to metro fiber maps from around the country.