FirstLight, a deliver of fiber-optic data, data center, Internet, cloud, and voice services to enterprise and carrier clients across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic declared yesterday that it has signed a comprehensive treaty to acquire substantially all of the assets, including the fiber network and related client contracts, of the keystone initiative for Network-Based Education and Research (KINBER).
KINBER will continue its work
On completion of the transaction with FirstLight, KINBER will be continuing its work in offering research and education connectivity, investing in unserved and underserved communities, and placing or positioning Pennsylvania to be the leader in broadband technology.
Nathan Flood, KINBER President and CEO stated,
In the last 10 years, KINBER has become the prominent and education fiber network that offers connectivity to unserved and underserved areas of Pennsylvania. With our 1800-route mile network over 47 countries, KINBER has been able to offer the critical infrastructure to research, education, and community institutions. Now, as we look forward to the next chapter, we are excited to observe the extension and growth opportunities that FirstLight will create.
Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber stated,
Acquiring the KINBER network is pretty impressive for FirstLight. It forms upon our recent extension in the eastern part of the state and will allow us to provide fiber-based broadband services to several organizations across the whole commonwealth. We are quite impressed with what KINBER has been able to achieve from the time of its inception and believe to build upon its achievements by continuing to assure that even more areas in Pennsylvania get the broadband connectivity required to prosper in the digital age.
Established in 1999, FirstLight since then has been building and running its own fiber optic for over 20 years. With its team of experts, FirstLight fosters the networking needs of national telecommunication providers, CLECs and prominent enterprises, K-12 schools, public safety agencies, local and state governments.
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