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Short Take: Williams completes 26,000 miles, signs iBeam deal

Williams Communications, a wholesale communications carrier, has completed construction on 26,000 route miles of its proposed 33,000-mile fiber-optic network. The company expects to finish the network, which will link 125 U.S. cities, by the end of the year. Separately, Williams signed a three-year deal with iBeam Broadcasting, a satellite data distributor, to provide iBeam with network and backup satellite capacity via Vyvx, Williams' hybrid fiber-optic-satellite service.

Williams Communications, a wholesale communications carrier, has completed construction on 26,000 route miles of its proposed 33,000-mile fiber-optic network. The company expects to finish the network, which will link 125 U.S. cities, by the end of the year. Separately, Williams signed a three-year deal with iBeam Broadcasting, a satellite data distributor, to provide iBeam with network and backup satellite capacity via Vyvx, Williams' hybrid fiber-optic-satellite service.