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.