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Press Release -- October 4th, 2018
Source: FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Provides Internet and Wide Area Networking Services to Alfred State College

FirstLight’s comprehensive fiber-based solutions provide connectivity for faculty, staff and students

Albany, NY October 3, 2018FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic interconnectivity and data services in the Northeast, announced today that Alfred State College (ASC) has selected FirstLight to provide faculty, staff and students of the college high-quality Internet and fiber optic wide area network (WAN) connectivity across the entire college footprint.

When FirstLight initially worked with Alfred State, the college was looking for a competitive quote for back up Internet service that enabled increased bandwidth and greater reliability.  FirstLight’s performance quickly surpassed that of its existing service provider’s capability, and FirstLight became the primary Internet provider.  Ultimately the college was so pleased with FirstLight that it expanded its relationship by sourcing additional services from FirstLight. FirstLight now provides Alfred State College with multiple gigabit speed Internet bandwidth to its main campus as well as a dark fiber connection to a remote campus in Wellsville, New York.

“As a college of technology, we must provide our students and faculty with effective and reliable connectivity in order to ensure that they have the tools they need to support the school’s mission. Working with FirstLight, we have been able to upgrade our services,” declared Michael Case, Director of Technology Services for Alfred State College.

At Alfred State College, hands-on experience leads to career success. An emphasis on real-world training enables students to reach goals and develop the skills needed to thrive at in-demand jobs. With more than 70 majors, 100 clubs and civic groups, and 19 NCAA Division III sports, Alfred State prepares students to become leaders, achievers, and pioneers who are ready to hit the ground running.  In order to do this, the college needs to ensure that students are given every possible opportunity to succeed, and this includes providing high-quality, fast, and reliable Internet services.  FirstLight offered Alfred State College a comprehensive package, reliable customer service, and most importantly high-quality Internet and WAN solutions.

“FirstLight provides Internet and fiber-based WAN services, as well as a portfolio of customizable telecommunications solutions, backed by an expert team, in order to assist school districts and colleges throughout the Northeast keep their faculty, staff and students connected to the world,” commented Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight. “We are proud to contribute to the educational success of the students at the institutions that we serve and to ensure that they have the quality connectivity needed to help take their learning to the next level.”

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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.

About Alfred State College

Alfred State College delivers outstanding associate and baccalaureate degree programs through hands-on learning, preparing in-demand and involved students in a caring community.  Alfred State College is THE premier regional college of technology, creating opportunity for our students to achieve successful careers and purposeful lives.

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