FirstLight Fiber and Maine Fiber Company Team Up to Bring Next Generation IP Service to Maine

Relationship Offers Businesses in Traditionally Underserved Areas Access to Enhanced Internet Service

ALBANY, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2014) - FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating in Upstate New York and Northern New England, announced today that it will provide next generation IP services to business customers located along Maine Fiber Company's existing fiber infrastructure, also known as "Three Ring Binder." The two companies will leverage their respective capabilities to seamlessly extend Internet to underserved areas throughout Maine.

"Here at Maine Fiber Company (MFC), we consider ourselves 'telecommunications problem solvers' in that we are constantly looking to address our customers' most pressing needs when it comes to connectivity. In doing so, MFC works with companies like FirstLight to offer exceptional telecommunications services," commented Jeff McCarthy, Vice President of Business Development for Maine Fiber Company. "The fact that FirstLight has built such an advanced and robust IP core in the Northeast is one of the main reasons that we chose to work with them. By aligning with FirstLight, we help bring a wider, more advanced set of services to Maine businesses, allowing them to compete more effectively in the global economy."

FirstLight has deployed a high quality, low-latency IP network in areas that historically had few options. This next-generation IP network is unique in that it was purpose built to support the needs of businesses in Northern New England and Upstate New York and utilizes a regional ring architecture where each ring is capable of operating independently. FirstLight has direct, in region peering relationships with the most highly trafficked Internet sites, which reduces hops, lowers latency and improves the overall user experience.

"Working with MFC is a natural fit, allowing our companies to leverage each other's strengths to collectively offer the comprehensive solutions that benefit our mutual customers," added Patrick Coughlin, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FirstLight. "We are committed to providing this region with the reliable, scalable, high bandwidth services that are crucial to continued economic development. By delivering our dedicated Internet access service over MFC's extensive fiber network, we are able to offer virtually unlimited bandwidth to businesses in this region."

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About FirstLight Fiber

FirstLight Fiber, headquartered in Albany, NY, provides fiber optic data, Internet, colocation and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada utilizing its own fiber optic network, which spans over 190,000 fiber miles connecting in excess of 1,500 lit locations. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products, including dedicated Internet access, Ethernet, traditional TDM solutions, SIP trunks, virtual PBX and audio-conferencing, managed commercial wireless systems, and Data Center Colocation. 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 Maine Fiber Company, Inc.

Maine Fiber Company (MFC) is a dark-fiber leasing company supporting telecom carrier requirements in the Northeastern US. MFC was formed in 2009 to oversee the construction, maintenance and leasing operations for a 1,150-mile, high-capacity fiber optic network in the state of Maine. The network, also known as "Three Ring Binder," was built through a combination of a federal grant and private investment. MFC's mission is make dark fiber available to organizations that need to enhance the throughput, scalability and reliability of their networks, and can bring quality broadband services to customers in many areas of Maine, including some of the most rural areas of the State.

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