Slic Network Solutions chooses Occam Networks for $5.2 million GPON broadband stimulus project

ULY 13, 2010 -- Slic Network Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nicholville Telephone, has chosen Occam Networks Inc. (Nasdaq:OCNW) and its BLC 6000 multiservice access platform (MSAP) to deliver advanced broadband services to more than 700 households and 39 businesses and anchor institutions in remote western Franklin County, NY.

JULY 13, 2010 -- Slic Network Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nicholville Telephone, has chosen Occam Networks Inc. (Nasdaq:OCNW) and its BLC 6000 multiservice access platform (MSAP) to deliver advanced broadband services to more than 700 households and 39 businesses and anchor institutions in remote western Franklin County, NY. As part of a $5.2 million broadband stimulus GPON fiber project, Slic will offer triple-play services including three tiers of high-speed Internet and IPTV. The project will be funded through a combination of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) grants and loans and will extend communication options to a region that is currently unserved.

“The local communities are both excited and surprised that we are bringing broadband into an area that has never experienced the benefits of high-speed Internet,” said Phillip Wagschal, CEO of Slic Network Solutions. “We are pleased to be part of a project that bridges the digital divide with communications services that promote growth and development in both the townships and the outlying areas. Occam is the perfect partner for this endeavor because they have the experience we have depended on in the past and a reliable solution that has the scalability needed to grow as we continue to expand into the region.”

Slic previously has constructed last-mile fiber networks to serve neighboring communities, particularly to deliver high-speed access to anchor institutions including hospitals, school districts, and government offices. Similarly, Slic and its partners will use the broadband stimulus funding to connect hospitals to rural clinics in Franklin County via dedicated fiber-optic cables to enable better communication and shared resources between the medical facilities. Slic was among the first grant BIP awardees announced (see "First broadband stimulus awards announced").

Slic has already begun working on the Franklin County project and expects the deployment to be fully underway by the Fall. The company will deploy a 100 percent fiber-optic-based network over 136 miles of cable across five townships and the surrounding areas. Slic will use GPON technologies on Occam’s BLC 6000 MSAP for the deployment, including the BLC 6322 GPON Optical Line Termination. Residential, business, and community organization environments will be supported by the ON 2541 Optical Network Terminal (ONT).

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