MetroCast selects RCN Metro for New England route expansion

FEBRUARY 9, 2009 -- RCN Metro Optical Networks says it is providing network connectivity to MetroCast to expand the latter's reach from Connecticut to New Hampshire, reduce Internet interconnection costs, and expand bandwidth speed.

FEBRUARY 9, 2009 -- RCN Metro Optical Networks (search Lightwave for RCN), a division of RCN Corp. and a provider of fiber-optic-based network services, says it is providing network connectivity for MetroCast to expand the latter's reach from Connecticut to New Hampshire, reduce Internet interconnection costs, and expand bandwidth speed from an OC-48 (2.5 Gbps) to 10 Gbps.

MetroCast, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harron Communications, LP, provides cable television, Internet ,and digital telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers located in nine states stretching from Mississippi to Maine.

Traditionally, cable companies build networks to serve their markets as standalone regions; this requires similar investments in technology for each market. By installing a 10-Gbps Wavelength Service from RCN Metro, MetroCast is able to reduce the number of IP providers needed to deliver bulk IP to an individual market, RCN asserts.

"As our company grows, and the demands of Internet usage for our expanding customer base increase, delivering high-speed Internet access and other communications services at a reasonable price is a major focus," said MetroCast Chairman and CEO James J. Bruder, Jr. "RCN Metro put together a cost-effective design that gave us the resilience and reliability needed to allow us to offer our customers the level of service they require and expect."

"In addition to their high-quality network design expertise and experience, we chose RCN Metro because they provide high-speed connectivity to rural markets leveraging unique rights-of-way, all at a reasonable price," said Joshua S. Barstow, MetroCast's vice president of advanced services.

MetroCast is now working with RCN Metro to create a 10-Gbps ring connecting all of MetroCast's markets, enabling MetroCast to further enhance its network.

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