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FirstLight and Sovernet Communications Combine Operations

Combination Enhances FirstLight’s Network in New York and New England

ALBANY, NY (March 14, 2017) - FirstLight Fiber (“FirstLight”), a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that Oak Hill Capital Partners (“Oak Hill”) has completed its acquisition of Sovernet Communications (“Sovernet”) and has combined the operations of Sovernet with FirstLight.

This acquisition combines Sovernet’s high-capacity network transport, broadband Internet, data center and voice services in Vermont and New York with FirstLight’s complete portfolio of data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services, backed by highly responsive, locally-based customer support. The acquisition adds approximately 3,300 fiber route miles across New York, 1,300 fiber route miles throughout Vermont, and Sovernet’s Tier III data center in Burlington, Vermont. Along with the previously closed acquisition of Oxford Networks (“Oxford”) and the recently announced acquisition of Finger Lakes Technologies Group (“Finger Lakes”), FirstLight will soon 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.

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Sovernet Proudly Sponsors New Season of “InnoVaTe” on Vermont PBS

BELLOWS FALLS, VT (November 30, 2016) - Sovernet Communications is proudly sponsoring the second season of InnoVaTe on Vermont PBS. The newly released season continues with a series of six episodes of the original series that profiles innovative Vermonters using technology to connect people, share ideas and solve problems.

InnoVaTe is hosted by Victoria Taylor, known for her past work at reddit.com helping facilitate more than 2,000 "Ask Me Anything" interviews. Based in New York City but passionate about Vermont and the community here, Victoria’s commitment to sharing the stories of interesting individuals extends not only to InnoVaTe, but also to her work at WeWork as their director of digital community and beyond.

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Oak Hill Capital Partners to Acquire Sovernet Communications

Combination with FirstLight Fiber and Oxford Networks will create a stronger Northeast fiber provider

BELLOWS FALLS, VT (August 8, 2016) - Sovernet Communications (“Sovernet”), a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in Vermont, New York and southwest New Hampshire, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners (“Oak Hill”). At the closing of the transaction, Oak Hill intends to combine the operations of Sovernet with FirstLight Fiber (“FirstLight”), which Oak Hill previously announced an agreement to acquire. FirstLight is another leading provider of fiber optic communications in the northeast.

The transaction will combine Sovernet’s high-capacity network transport, broadband Internet, and voice services with FirstLight’s complete portfolio of data, Internet, data center and voice services, which are backed by strong, locally-based service and support. Upon completion of the transaction and Oak Hill’s other pending strategic transactions, including FirstLight and Oxford Networks, the combined companies will operate a total of approximately 9,500 route miles of high-capacity fiber optic network and eleven data centers across New England and New York.

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