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Press Release -- September 14th, 2010
Source: Lexent Metro Connect, Lightower Fiber Networks
Tags: Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, Low Latency, Merger, Metro Fiber, Wavelength

Lightower Fiber Networks to Acquire Lexent Metro Connect

Expands fiber footprint in New York City metro region to address surging
demand for high-bandwidth connectivity and dark fiber

BOXBOROUGH, MA, September 14, 2010—Lightower Fiber Networks, a leading metro fiber network and bandwidth service provider based in Boxborough, MA., announced today that it is acquiring Lexent Metro Connect, a leading provider of custom built dark fiber networks, headquartered in New York, NY.

With the acquisition of Lexent, Lightower expands its existing fiber footprint and customer base in the greater New York City region, including New Jersey.  The addition of Lexent will add over 150 fiber route miles and over 200 commercial buildings to Lightower’s growing network.  Lightower also adds low latency routes between critical New York City and New Jersey financial exchanges and data centers.

“We continue to see increasing demand for fiber-based networking and connectivity solutions throughout the greater New York City region.  Lexent’s network is the premier fiber network in New York City with the most density.  It is a natural fit for expanding Lightower’s reach in the region.  Lexent’s network also offers many fiber routes that are optimized for ultra low latency solutions to the financial and media industries,” explained Lightower President and CEO Rob Shanahan.

“The acquisition of Lexent by Lightower further validates our commitment and singular focus on becoming the New York region’s leading provider of underlying, truly neutral fiber optic network infrastructure,” stated Ray La Chance, President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect.  “In addition, we couldn’t be more pleased with Lightower’s decision to acquire our business and we looking forward to continuing our role as an underlying enabler in support of Lightower’s expansion throughout the region.”

More Fiber, More Routes, More Local Access

The merger of the two networks supports Lightower’s mission of owning and operating a dense, next-generation fiber network that provides a complete portfolio of high-bandwidth services utilizing end-to-end fiber connectivity.  The combined network increases Lightower’s last-mile fiber access into buildings in the greater New York area, including all of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and New Jersey.

Lightower’s current network is comprised of over 4,600 fiber route miles throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York including New York City.  The Lexent network includes 150 route miles of fiber throughout New York City and New Jersey.

All Lexent customers will benefit from the addition of the complete suite of Lightower managed services including Ethernet, wavelengths, SONET, Internet access, and collocation.  Lightower customers will gain access to Lexent’s dense network of fiber in New York and New Jersey for both dark fiber solutions and lit service solutions.

Lightower currently offers solutions comprised of Ethernet, dark fiber, WDM wavelengths, Internet access, SONET, and collocation services. Lexent currently offers custom dark fiber solutions.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in Q4 2010.

Lightower Fiber Networks is backed by M/C Venture Partners Pamlico Capital, and Ridgemont Equity Partners. GE Capital Markets and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey have fully committed to provide the required debt capital for the acquisition and will serve as Joint Bookrunners.  GE Capital is acting as Administrative Agent.  The Bank Street Group LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to Lexent Metro Connect in connection with this transaction.  Lexent Metro Connect is privately held.

About Lightower Fiber Networks

Lightower Fiber Networks is a leading fiber network and broadband service provider in the Northeast, offering over 4,600 fiber route miles coupled with comprehensive transport, alternative access, and nationwide long haul services. Lightower’s fiber footprint extends from New England, to eastern New York State, northern New Jersey, Long Island, and New York City. With over 2,000 on-net buildings, Lightower offers unparalleled regional density, performance, scalability, security, and reliability in the Northeast.  Lightower Fiber is headquartered in Boxborough, MA.  For more information, visit www.lightower.com or call 888-LT-FIBER.

About Lexent Metro Connect

Lexent Metro Connect, LLC is a leading provider of dark fiber networks in the New York Metropolitan area, Lexent is the only fiber company that owns, operates, builds and maintains its own dark fiber network in-house. Lexent offers its customers the option to leverage an existing dark fiber network as an extension of their own, or to build a new, dedicated, private fiber network in the City. Lexent’s ever-growing network provides diverse connectivity between regional Carrier Hotels, Central Offices, and Enterprise Buildings.  For more information on Lexent Metro Connect, please email info@lexent.net or call 212-981-0700.

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