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Dartmouth Selects FirstLight for Campus-wide Connectivity

Nov 10, 2020 | Press Releases

FirstLight also provides Ivy League campus with connectivity to the AWS Cloud

ALBANY, NY – November 10, 2020 – FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, announced today that Dartmouth has selected FirstLight as a dark fiber provider connecting six of its buildings located on its 237-acre campus in Hanover, New Hampshire.

A member of the Ivy League established in 1769, Dartmouth is a fusion of a renowned liberal arts college and a robust research university where “students and faculty partner to take on the world’s greatest challenges.” It consistently ranks among one of the world’s finest academic institutions by Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and the Princeton Review.

Dartmouth selected FirstLight because of its low-latency fiber connectivity, its local presence in the region, and its ability to seamlessly connect to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

“Dartmouth is renowned for its engineering, biomedical science, and information technology – all disciplines that require intensive online collaboration and research,” explained Felix Windt, Senior Director of Network Services at Dartmouth. “Low-latency connectivity for an institution like Dartmouth is an absolute necessity to support our mission and provides students with accessibility to global research and the latest advancements in their fields, particularly in an era of remote learning.”

FirstLight is an Amazon AWS Partner, a global partner program designation for technology and consulting businesses that leverage AWS to build solutions and services for their customers. AWS Partners need to meet specific criteria, gain favorable customer reviews, and successfully complete technical training to earn this designation.

“We needed a reliable fiber provider that could grow with us, and we found one in FirstLight,” added Windt. “We do a significant amount of computing and backup using the AWS cloud, and FirstLight’s connectivity to AWS is a valuable asset to us.”

“Dartmouth is at the forefront of the modern research and academic excellence that benefits people globally,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight. “That important work requires a network with the stability, redundancy, security, and speed that FirstLight offers. We’re proud that our network serves as the foundation upon which new scientific, medical, and business innovations occur.”

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About Dartmouth
Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.