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2018

How E-Rate Helps K-12 Educators

The education system in the U.S. is facing a financial crisis. Many school systems are underfunded. Teachers are underpaid, and they often need to buy school supplies themselves. When schools lack the funds for basic necessities, investing in the technology required to take advantage of innovative learning tools becomes a challenge. Most schools want their … Read More

The Evolution of FirstLight 1999-2018

We are excited to unveil this video that will help our community learn about the history of FirstLight – and how our company has evolved over the years. FirstLight. One company, one mission, one team focused on delivering high quality broadband solutions to businesses and carriers.

Why Manufacturing Needs the Cloud

The manufacturing industry is undergoing a transition toward smart manufacturing. In smart manufacturing, business processes have become digitized. For example, companies rely on machine-to-machine communication through the internet of things (IoT) to make important decisions, maintain equipment, and monitor supply chains. As manufacturers increasingly turn to IoT, robotization, and other innovative technologies, the cloud is … Read More

Should You Choose Colocation or the Cloud?

Maintaining an on-premises data center can be a burden on companies. Organizations need to budget for the capital expenses of housing and provisioning hardware as well as the ongoing operating costs. The 2016 Data Center Industry Survey found that 50% of IT budgets are shrinking. When companies operate a data center on-site, it can be difficult to … Read More

5 Cloud Computing Trends to Watch

In a surprisingly short amount of time, cloud computing has gone from being novel to commonplace. Today, almost every company uses cloud in some capacity. Even the general public has become familiar with the cloud through popular applications including Netflix and I-Tunes. As the cloud has gained acceptance, the ways of using it have evolved … Read More

Why Connectivity Is a Key Feature of a Colocation

Companies may move their data centers to a colocation site to save money or to outsource management and maintenance tasks. An ideal colocation provides affordable rack space, energy, and cooling for servers in a secure, state-of-the-art facility. While all these advantages are strong reasons for moving to a colocation, bandwidth and other connectivity issues can … Read More

FirstLight Provides Cloud Communications to Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS)

FirstLight Offers Seamless Rollout of New Services LRCS Albany, NY – June 5, 2018 – FirstLight, a provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, announced today a new relationship with Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS).  LRCS is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency … Read More