Building High-Capacity Fiber Networks in the Midwest: ITW Q&A with Crosstown Fiber CEO Mike Underdown

Building High-Capacity Fiber Networks in the Midwest: ITW Q&A with Crosstown Fiber CEO Mike Underdown

In anticipation of the upcoming International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2023, Data Center POST had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike Underdown, CEO of

Crosstown Fiber. As a Chicago-based fiber optic infrastructure developer, Crosstown Fiber has been making waves in the Midwest, enabling broadband services and providing unique, secure, and high-capacity capabilities. During the interview, Underdown shared his insights on the top trends in the infrastructure and broadband industry, the coverage and capacity of Crosstown Fiber’s fiber network in the Chicagoland market, and what readers can expect from the company at ITW 2023. 

Data Center POST (DCP) Question: International Telecoms Week is one of the industry’s largest and most important events for the year, what type of company do you work for and what are you looking forward to accomplishing at ITW 2023?

Mike Underdown, CEO, Crosstown Fiber (MU) Answer: Crosstown Fiber is a metro-focused subsurface dark fiber infrastructure company currently focused on initiatives in the Midwest. However, we’re always looking to develop new networks wherever demand calls for. We would like to ensure that the industry is aware of what we do and how our capabilities are unique, secure and in high capacity.

DCP Q: The first ITW Keynote panel features some of the industry’s largest players sharing their perspectives of the industry.  What is the top trend that you and your company has its sights on, and why? 

MU A: We focus on enabling broadband services, whether fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), wireless, or cloud connectivity. We are seeing tremendous growth in these and a few other areas in infrastructure and broadband.

DCP Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing about your company at ITW 2023? 

MU A: The coverage and capacity of our fiber network in the Chicagoland market.

DCP Q: What else would you like for our readers to know that you haven’t already shared about your company? 


MU A: We will be in meeting room #3034 at ITW, or reach out here to get in touch with the Crosstown team.

If you want to learn more about ITW 2023, please visit: here. The event takes place May 14-17, 2023 in National Harbor, MD. 

To learn more about Crosstown Fiber, check out their website here

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