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ORLANDO-Epic Communications Inc. has received a $237 million boost from its parent, Florida East Coast Railway Co., to help complete the planned 1,850-mile fiber-optic network from Atlanta to Miami. FEC’s total investment in the project to date is $450 million. The project is expected to be completed next spring.

Epic is a telecommunications wholesaler, leasing its network to retail telecommunications providers. The company expects to lose millions this year because of heavy startup costs.

Epic is also affiliating with other networks, giving it access to another 6,000 miles of fiber-optic cable from New Orleans to Denver to Chicago.

The Southeastern network is being built largely along the path of the Florida East Coast Railway Co.’s tracks and along highway rights-of-way.

In a prepared statement, Benjamin Finzi, Epic’s president for strategy and business development, says Epic won’t become an Internet service provider itself, but will build the infrastructure needed to run an ISP.

“Think of what we’re creating as an ISP in a box,” Finzi says.

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