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FirstLight Talks Fiber

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FirstLight Talks Fiber

June 30, 2015

  By Dominick Sorrentino, Editor

It almost goes without saying that a modern enterprise or organization cannot function without having an effective, high-speed Internet connection. And while many areas of the country such as greater metro regions take this connection for granted, many others are not so lucky.

Albany-based FirstLight, a facilities-based telecommunications provider that operates a fiber-based network in upstate New York and Northern New England, is one company dedicated to fixing this problem, so that carriers, enterprises, and even government institutions can have access to the high-speed broadband they need to keep business running smoothly.

TMCnet’s Group Editorial director, Erik Linask (News - Alert), had the chance to speak with Maura Mahoney, senior director of marketing and product management, FirstLight, at Telecom Exchange New York 2015 conference to discuss how the company helps businesses and organizations.                                                                                  

“FirstLight is a facilities-based provider operating a fiber-based network in upstate New York and northern New England and we sell to carrier customers . . . as well as enterprise customers, colleges and universities, hospitals, state and local government, professional services,” Mahoney said.

Recently, Hudson Valley Community College in Troy installed a fiber network with the help of FirstLight. This is just one example of how FirstLight helps its clients succeed in a connected world.

“We give the services and the capabilities that businesses and carrier customers need to be able to compete in the digital age,” Mahoney said. “We have 250,000 fiber miles, 1,600 buildings lit, and we have five data centers that we really put an emphasis on.”

The company has been experiencing fairly rapid growth over the past few years according to Mahoney, and shows no signs of slowing down.

“We are going to continue to grow our network contiguously, add additional locations, add more fiber miles and continue to provide the services that our customers need to compete in the digital age.”    

For more details about FirstLight’s expansion plans, and other compelling insight, watch the complete video interview, posted below. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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