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Press Release -- June 3rd, 2015
Source: Allied Fiber, Windstream
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Windstream Communications Executes Agreement with Allied Fiber for Dark Fiber and Neutral Colocation

NEW YORK, NY – June 3, 2015 Allied Fiber, the United States’ first open access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure, today announced that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide, has executed an Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreement and lease for dark fiber and neutral colocation to expand its network between Miami and Jacksonville.

This agreement is a part of Windstream's continuing focus on the construction of its long haul optical network, called WINterstate. This long haul, 100G "express" network offers other carriers and large enterprise customers low latency, high bandwidth network solutions.

Windstream will now connect to Allied Fiber’s network-neutral dark fiber route from Miami, FL, to Jacksonville, FL, which consists of a custom 528-count Corning SMF-28e+ cable and integrated neutral colocation facilities approximately every 60-miles. With Allied Fiber’s access flexibility, Windstream can now break out of the long haul route to service ILEC customers in Daytona Beach, FL, as well as Enterprise customers at key access points along this 360-mile segment of Allied Fiber's Southeast Route.

Windstream will leverage Allied Fiber’s dark fiber network and neutral colocation facilities in Florida to interconnect its own internal network elements as well as provide access in to its entire network in the state to meet customer demands for greater capacity and more efficient and cost-effective service offerings. By establishing a presence in the Allied Fiber colocation facilities on the East Coast, Windstream will provide its customers with a direct, physical layer access point into their regional dark fiber and high capacity transport network connecting its service areas.

"Windstream is a marquee customer for Allied Fiber,” states Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. "We are very excited to have such an outstanding service provider within our facilities and look forward to helping them continue to reduce their operating expenses while also driving higher margin revenue."

“Allied Fiber is an excellent opportunity for us to expand our service offerings,” said Randy Nicklas, CTO of Windstream. “We have been pleased with their product and support team and we look forward to growing more with them in the future.”

For more information on Allied Fiber, please visit www.alliedfiber.com.

For more information on Windstream, please visit http://www.windstream.com/.

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About Allied Fiber
Allied Fiber was created as the first national, open access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure in the United States. Allied Fiber offers a combined long haul and multi-access point, short haul fiber optic system coupled with its own colocation facilities to provide control of the underlying physical assets to all network operators. Established in 2008, the Allied Fiber system is designed to link the international subsea cable landing points in the United States while also providing intermediate access along the route for the inclusion of local networks in to the global network architecture. By managing communications infrastructure as a real estate business for network operators the company has developed a unique platform that enables its customers’ growth and profitability, which drives its own. Follow Allied Fiber on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Windstream
Windstream, a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas. For more information, visit the company’s online newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow on Twitter at @WindstreamNews.
Media Contact:
North 6th Agency, Inc. (for Allied Fiber)
AlliedFiber@n6a.com
212-334-9767

Michael Teague
michael.teague@windstream.com
501-748-7000

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