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Press Release -- October 3rd, 2011
Source: First Communications
Tags: Metro Fiber

First Communications Lights Two New Low-Latency Fiber Routes, Expanding Its Network in the Northeast Region

Washington, D.C.-to-Pittsburgh and Harrisburg-to-Lancaster-to-Philadelphia-to-Reading routes provide carriers and enterprises with competitive, low-latency options as well as resiliency and potential route diversity

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — First Communications, a leading regional fiber-based provider of critical data and voice communications, continues to expand lit services along its 5,400-mile fiber route network, which spans the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States and offers an industry-leading, low-latency path to Toronto.

The lighting of the Washington, D.C.-to-Pittsburgh route represents a critical milestone in the delivery of First Communications’ new Chicago-to-Washington, D.C./Ashburn, Va., low-latency optical transport service and provides telecommunication carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), financial enterprises and government entities with additional transport options beyond First Communications’ current diverse, low-latency routes, including New York/northern New Jersey to Toronto and to Chicago.

First Communications lit an additional new route that runs between Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Reading, Pa., enabling First Communications to add these markets to its existing optical transport network. As a result, customers in these markets can easily connect to larger markets, including New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Newark and Washington, D.C./Ashburn, Va., as well as the financial and data center areas of northern New Jersey.

“The lighting of these new routes is a key component in First Communications’ strategy to expand its fiber services, connecting high-demand markets to smaller, under-serviced markets, and servicing the high-bandwidth needs of the financial, service provider and government sectors. We are committed to providing routes that offer diversity, low-latency and resiliency,” said Rick Poore, president First Telecom Services LLC, dba First Communications.

About First Communications

First Communications ( offers high-capacity long-haul and metro fiber network services as well as voice and data services across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic United States and into Canada. Our network includes more than 600 on-net wire centers, 250,000 fiber miles and 5,400 fiber route miles. The fiber network includes approximately 500 metro route miles reaching more than 50 Tier 1, 2 and 3 markets. First Communications serves a diverse customer base, including carrier/wholesale customers, financial, medical, government and other large enterprises, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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