Baltimore Mayor’s Office and Maryland Broadband Cooperative Participate in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 18, 2010
FiberLight, LLC, one of the nation’s leading providers of mission critical, high performance fiber optic networks, held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Baltimore Technology Park this week to officially launch a new, $20 million 104-mile fully diverse fiber optic network. The new network will augment FiberLight’s existing 123-mile Baltimore network and 299-mile Virginia and D.C. networks by extending the 100% underground optical backbone past the downtown business district to connect to the growing cities of Laurel, Columbia, Elkridge and Greenbelt, while providing greater diversity to the MD/D.C./VA region.
“We selected Baltimore as a primary market to invest our capital dollars, as a way to provide greater economic opportunity for all citizens and businesses in the Greater Baltimore region,” Kevin Coyne, FiberLight’s President and COO and a Baltimore native said. “In today’s economy, cities must position themselves as being forward thinking, innovative and technology rich in order to secure new economic opportunities. FiberLight’s high fiber count network future proofs Baltimore and its surrounding communities and offers secure connectivity to Washington, Virginia and beyond while reducing the overall cost of broadband solutions through a choice of providers for service delivery.”
“This is a very exciting project for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; the economic impact it’s going to have on Baltimore is immeasurable, along with the jobs it will create,” Kumasi Vines, Special Assistant, Economic and Neighborhood Development said. “This project is part of a process of making Baltimore known for being open for business and open to high speed connections to other cities in the region. We want to thank FiberLight for investing in the city of Baltimore. Especially during these economic times, the private investment they are making in the city’s infrastructure is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to other opportunities for this kind of investment in our city.”
“The execution and delivery of this network is a true testament to FiberLight, its partners and the network operations team,” Mr. Coyne said. “It takes a lot of effort, commitment and sacrifice to take on a project of this magnitude and complete it in a time frame that continues to raise the bar for speed to market delivery.”
“As a growing business, FiberLight recognizes the need for other businesses to have better access to the cloud, secure storage area networks and data centers such as Baltimore Technology Park,” Mr. Coyne said. “Just as this network will support the growing needs of the existing businesses in Baltimore and the state, the connectivity and the capabilities that FiberLight is making available now will help bring new business to Maryland and stimulate the local economy.”
Patrick Mitchell, President and CEO of the Maryland Broadband Cooperative, which is a public/private partnership created to promote economic development through technology infrastructure deployment, congratulated FiberLight during the event.
“You can build networks but you still have to have a way to connect; having members like FiberLight gives us a way to get broadband out to the rural areas of Maryland for the purposes of telecom-health (initiatives) and our last mile providers,” Mr. Mitchell said.
FiberLight is a premier provider of mission-critical, high performance 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 21 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.
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