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Press Release -- August 26th, 2010
Source: FiberLight
Tags: Construction, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Low Latency, Video, Wavelength

FiberLight Expands Northern Virginia Network to Charlottesville, VA

Full Optical Transport Product Portfolio Offered to Government, Enterprise, Educational Institutions

Charlottesville, VA -- 8/26/2010

FiberLight, LLC announced today it has begun construction of a 46-mile direct connection from Culpeper, Virginia to Charlottesville, Virginia. The completely underground fiber optic network will use enhanced fiber for lower latency and provide a diverse route to companies in Charlottesville seeking mission critical, high capacity optical transport to the greater Washington D.C. area. The network will be directly connected to FiberLight’s vast multi-ringed 500+ mile network linking the high-density government and enterprise corridor encompassing Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and greater Baltimore, all 100% underground.

“FiberLight’s investment in fiber optic infrastructure to connect Charlottesville back to Culpeper and the rest of Northern Virginia is a significant event for Virginia’s technology and business community. Fiber optic connectivity offered by networks such as FiberLight, enables a new low latency, high speed, open access route directly connecting key data centers, Internet exchanges and government facilities. This project is significant also as it continues FiberLight’s private investment into the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Jim Duffey, Virginia Secretary of Technology. “Virginia supports companies like FiberLight which provide the infrastructure necessary to support expanding the state’s revenue base while improving business opportunities for Virginians.”

As one of the nation’s leading providers of mission critical, high performance fiber optic networks, FiberLight is building on its successful initiative started in 2009, when it constructed a self-funded 136-mile diversely routed fiber network connecting to the NAP of the Capital Region in Culpeper, Virginia.  The new network is in response to demand by government and enterprise customers seeking high-bandwidth transport for the purposes of data replication, data security and low latency transport of voice, video and data to offsite locations.

Charlottesville, like other mid-sized markets across the country, is dynamically changing its economic environment by leveraging technology and connectivity. FiberLight has been at the forefront to enable technological changes, bringing access to key application and content exchange points within milliseconds of any business, government facility or educational institution connected to the network.

The goal of each new FiberLight construction project is to build networks that minimize the environmental impact on the surrounding area, and to maximize the long term impact on its customers, said Ben Edmond, Executive Vice President of FiberLight. “We consider the effects on the environment that allow the project to stay green and technologically superior to alternative methods,” Mr. Edmond said. “This state-of-the-art network that we are building is the wave of the future and provides an avenue for growth in Virginia for decades to come.”

The new network will drill down into some of the toughest terrain in the country, said Ron Kormos, FiberLight’s Chief Development Officer. “We are going to hit 40,000 PSI rock, and we will use the latest technology in construction and boring equipment to build this network,” Mr. Kormos said. “In addition, we are building cross over pieces that will shorten the distance and overall length of network segments to connect back to D.C., which will reduce latency for our customers and provide an alternate route to reach Washington, D.C., Baltimore and beyond.”

About FiberLight

FiberLight is a premier provider of mission-critical, high performance fiber optic networking services including Ethernet, Wavelengths and IP, SONET and Dark Fiber optical transport network solutions. Solutions are provided to telecom carriers, government, enterprise, content providers and web-centric businesses. FiberLight wholly owns its 500,000 fiber mile network in key growth areas and offers robust metro networks in 20 metros within Georgia, Florida, Washington, D.C., Texas, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Wide Area Networking options at layer 1, 2 and 3 to major commercial hubs throughout the country. Visit FiberLight at www.fiberlight.com .

Contact

Pat Mahony
Marketing Manager
(678) 347-9256
pat.mahony@fiberlight.com

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