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Press Release -- October 25th, 2016
Source: FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Fiber’s Internet and Voice Services to Power New Albany Capital Center

Reliable, Scalable, Fiber-Based Solutions to Support New, State-of-the-Art Convention Center

Albany, NY – October 25, 2016 – – FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating in New York and Northern New England, announced today that Albany Capital Center (ACC), a new, modern meeting and conference facility located in downtown Albany has chosen FirstLight’s high-speed, fiber-based Internet and voice services. FirstLight’s Internet circuit will ensure fast, high-quality connectivity for the expansive center, set to open in March 2017, and its voice services will guarantee superior voice quality and reliability for the organization, guests, meeting and event planners.

As part of its building construction and planning process, convention operator SMG began its search for a local vendor offering scalable, high-speed, fiber-based Internet at competitive rates, and ultimately selected FirstLight because it met all of its requirements.

“FirstLight stood out among the potential vendors that submitted proposals,” said Doug McClaine, general manager, Albany Capital Center. “We currently have a solid working relationship with FirstLight at the Times Union Center, our experience with its quality, localized customer support is essential for a project of this caliber. We were impressed with the reliability of FirstLight services combined with a redundancy plan to accommodate our needs.”

“We appreciate the trust that the Albany Capital Center has placed in FirstLight to deliver a customized Internet and voice solution to support this impressive facility,” stated Kurt Van Wagenen, President & CEO, FirstLight. “FirstLight delivers reliable, scalable communications services that are critical to supporting state-of-the-art convention centers, like ACC. We look forward to working with SMG and ACC as part of a venture that will bring so much benefit to our Capital District.”

FirstLight offers several, low latency, high-speed, reliable, secure and scalable connectivity solutions to help businesses thrive.

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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 15,000 locations serviceable by our 275,000 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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Media Contact:                                  
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About Albany Capital Center:
Opening in March 2017, the Albany Capital Center, operated by leading venue manager SMG, is a modern, premier event and meeting destination in New York’s culturally rich Capital Region. Connected to the Times Union Center, Empire State Plaza and Renaissance Albany Hotel via enclosed walkways, the convention center will host a diverse array of trade shows, consumer and social events, and meetings for up to 5,000 guests. It will boast 22,500 square-feet of ballroom/exhibit space, 6 meeting rooms with 9,200 square-feet of space, and 13,500 square-feet of pre-function space, state-of-the-art technology, and impeccable dining options. The ACC is conveniently located in downtown Albany and within walking distance to the State Capitol, business and warehouse districts, performing arts venues, museums, shops, restaurants and nightlife. For more information about the Albany Capital Center visit, or contact the sales department at (518) 487-2009 or

Media Contact:
Megan Baker | Baker Public Relations
O: 518.426.4099 | C: 518.506.1128

About SMG:
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information, visit


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