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Oxford Networks and ION Communications Rebrand as FirstLight

Rebrand is Next Step in Integration Process Following Acquisitions

Albany, NY – April 12, 2017 – FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that following the recent acquisitions of Oxford Networks and ION Communications has rebranded to a single company name, “FirstLight.” This exciting development is the next step in the company’s integration process following Oak Hill Capital Partners’ recently completed acquisitions of Oxford Networks and Sovernet Communications. The company also plans to sunset the Sovernet Communications brand in the coming weeks.

“Rebranding to a single company name “FirstLight” represents another significant milestone in our integration process to create one team with a singular focus on continuing to provide outstanding service and support to our customers.” stated Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight.

Offering network, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services, FirstLight operates a regional fiber network serving enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, connecting more than 5,000 locations in service with an additional 20,000 locations serviceable by its 9,600-route mile network. Upon close of the recently announced FirstLight acquisition of Finger Lakes Technologies Group (“Finger Lakes”), the company will then operate a regional network consisting of approximately 12,000 route miles of high-capacity fiber in six states and Canada, with more than 7,000 on-net locations and 12 data centers totaling more than 225,000 square feet of space strategically located throughout its footprint.

“The rebrand of Oxford Networks and ION Communications as FirstLight is a testament to our team’s ability to successfully work together to align as one strong company,” commented Maura Mahoney, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management of FirstLight. “As FirstLight, we will stay true to our mission of providing the complete portfolio of high quality infrastructure services our customers rely upon.”

To learn more, visit the updated Company website at www.firstlight.net.

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About FirstLight
FirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast connecting more than 5,000 locations in service with an additional 20,000 locations serviceable by our 9,600 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.

To learn more about FirstLight, visit www.firstlight.net, or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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