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Press Release -- November 20th, 2015
Source: FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Fiber’s E-Rate Eligible Services Enhance Collaboration for New Hampshire’s Holderness School

400 Mbps connection provides faster, more reliable Internet to the private school’s
280 students and 53 faculty members

Albany, NY – November 19, 2015 – FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating in Upstate New York and Northern New England, announced today that it will provide high-speed Internet and voice services to Holderness School, an independent, private boarding and day school for grades 9–12, located in Plymouth, New Hampshire. FirstLight will provide the school with a 400 Mbps Internet connection to allow faster wireless and network access and VoIP to all students, faculty and administration campus-wide.

“As part of our rigorous college preparatory education and curriculum offering, it is important for Holderness School to maintain a well-connected campus environment,” commented Paula Currie, Director of Technology Infrastructure for Holderness School. “When the need for bandwidth increased, FirstLight was the communications provider best suited to meet our needs, and more importantly, our budget. FirstLight has been extremely helpful during our transition, and I continue to be impressed with the service and professionalism of its team.”

At Holderness School, the majority of students live directly on campus throughout the year, and therefore, need “always on” connectivity. With hundreds of laptops and other mobile devices competing for network access throughout the day, the school anticipates increasing its bandwidth in the future, and at that time, is confident that FirstLight will be able to deliver.

“As part of FirstLight’s commitment to providing high quality, fiber-based connectivity services to some of our region’s finest schools, in full support of the E-Rate program, we are very proud to serve Holderness School,” stated Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight. “The high-speed Internet connection allows both students and faculty faster access to online resources, learning management systems and collaboration portals, as well as better overall Internet performance campus-wide to enhance the school’s learning environment.”

To learn how more about FirstLight Fiber and its comprehensive portfolio of secure, scalable E-Rate eligible solutions and knowledgeable staff experienced in working with K-12 districts, colleges and universities, visit

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About FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Fiber, headquartered in Albany, NY, provides fiber optic data, Internet, data center and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada connecting in excess of 1,700 locations in service with an additional 10,000 locations serviceable by our 225,000 fiber mile network.  FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products, including dedicated Internet access, Ethernet, data center services, dark fiber and voice services including SIP trunks, virtual PBX, and traditional TDM solutions.  FirstLight’s clientele includes national cellular providers and CLECs and many leading enterprises, spanning high tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments.  FirstLight is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners.

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About Holderness School

Holderness School is an independent boarding and day school for grades 9–12 offering a rigorous college preparatory education and curriculum in a vibrant and supportive community. Located in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Holderness is committed to live as a community that celebrates and supports diversity in its many forms because multiple perspectives and experiences are vital to educational excellence and strengthen our community. The school has a teaching faculty of 53 and enrollment of 280 students representing 27 states and 10 countries that include Canada, China, Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Visit for more information.

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