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Press Release -- February 13th, 2018
Source: FirstLight Fiber

Largest Independent High School in US Chooses FirstLight

Geographically Diverse Internet Circuits and Dark Fiber WAN Meet Pinkerton Academy’s Growing Bandwidth Needs of More Than 3,500 End Users 

Albany, NY February 13, 2018FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that Pinkerton Academy, the largest independent high school in the US, has selected FirstLight to provide high speed Internet to connect 23 buildings across its 170+-acre campus in Derry, NH. Pinkerton Academy opted for two 2 Gbps diverse, geographically diverse Internet circuits, serving approximately 3,200 students and 580 employees.

To accommodate its growing network needs, Pinkerton Academy also selected FirstLight’s dark fiber services, and is presently working with the company on hosted phone services to replace its existing phone system.

“Our investment in a total of 4 Gbps Internet bandwidth from FirstLight has provided us with virtually unlimited ability to scale, and 99.999% uptime for our 3,500-plus end-users,” stated Rich O’Connell, Technology Director for Pinkerton Academy. “As a Technology Director, it is refreshing to know external bandwidth capacity, and uptime will not be an issue for years to come. FirstLight has gone above and beyond to deliver on all fronts.”

FirstLight provides a comprehensive portfolio of secure, scalable telecommunications solutions and knowledgeable staff experienced in working with K-12 schools and libraries to support advanced voice/VoIP, multicast, video and distance learning applications for single and multi-site institutions.

“Being selected by Pinkerton Academy, the country’s largest independent high school, to provide Internet and dark fiber services to meet its growing bandwidth needs is quite an honor for FirstLight,” commented Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight. “Pinkerton Academy aims to support the academic growth of its students in a challenging, respectful and collaborative environment, and FirstLight is proud to support this mission by supplying the campus with strong, reliable connectivity which allows students, faculty and staff to leverage the latest educational applications and seamlessly explore the world.”

“FirstLight is a local network leader within the education space, and provided Pinkerton with a ‘ready to go’ infrastructure that easily accommodates our failover needs for circuits that are routed to different locations. The team was a pleasure to work with, from the initial sales consultation to project planning to final deployment phases,” concluded O’Connell.

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About FirstLight

FirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast connecting nearly 8,000 locations in service with more than 20,000 locations serviceable by our 14,000 route mile network.  FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelength and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud and voice services.  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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