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Press Release -- July 19th, 2016
Source: FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Fiber Solves Colby-Sawyer College’s Need for Speed

 Internet Upgrade Enhances Learning Capabilities for 1,100 Students at New Hampshire-Based College

Albany, NY – July 19, 2016 – FirstLight Fiber, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in New York and Northern New England, announced today that Colby-Sawyer College, a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation, has chosen FirstLight over several other vendors to upgrade its Internet services to 1 Gbps. Located in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire, Colby-Sawyer College sought FirstLight’s fiber-based Internet services to improve connectivity and enhance the private college’s administrative services and academic resources.

“In accordance with Colby-Sawyer College’s mission of preparing its students for professions and lives of ongoing learning, it was important that the college have the bandwidth and connectivity necessary to support a 21st century educational experience,” said Kenneth Kochien, director of Information Resources at Colby-Sawyer College. “We chose FirstLight because it promises a reliable service paired with competitive pricing along with outstanding support. We look forward to building a strong working relationship with the FirstLight team.”

FirstLight’s fiber-based, dedicated, symmetrical Internet service offers connection speeds up to 10 Gbps. The network’s industry leading design is architected with the fewest hop counts possible, which lowers latency and improves the overall user experience.

“FirstLight is pleased to solve the growing bandwidth needs of leading educational institutions such as Colby-Sawyer College,” stated Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber. “With initiatives such as distance learning, e-learning and videoconferencing enriching the learning environment, colleges and universities require a scalable, secure and reliable network to support them. FirstLight is proud to provide this critical connectivity, and to help Colby-Sawyer College stay ahead of the technology curve.”

FirstLight provides a comprehensive portfolio of secure, scalable telecommunications solutions combined with a knowledgeable staff experienced in working with colleges and universities to support advanced voice/VoIP, multicast, video and distance learning applications for single and multi- site institutions.

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About FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Fiber headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers in New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada connecting nearly 2,000 locations in service with an additional 14,000 locations serviceable by our 260,000 fiber mile network. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelengths and dark fiber as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center services, and voice services such as SIP trunks, virtual PBX, and traditional TDM solutions. FirstLight’s clientele includes national cellular providers and wireline carriers 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.

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About Colby-Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The college’s faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in an engaged teaching and learning community that fosters students’ academic, intellectual and personal growth. With a strong emphasis on learning outcomes, including breadth and depth of knowledge, self-growth, creative and critical thinking, and effective communication, Colby-Sawyer prepares students to thrive post-graduation and make a positive impact upon a dynamic, diverse and interdependent world.

Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Learn more about the college’s vibrant teaching and learning community at

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