Lightower Fiber Networks to Acquire Open Access Inc.

Metro fiber provider increases presence on Long Island to address
surging demand for fiber-based networking solutions

BOXBOROUGH, MA, December 13, 2010—Lightower Fiber Networks, a leading metro fiber network and bandwidth service provider based in Boxborough, MA., announced today that it is acquiring Open Access Inc.,a provider of diverse, cost-effective, customized end-to-end communications solutions, based in Farmingdale, NY.

With the acquisition of Open Access, Lightower expands its existing network and customer base throughout Long Island and the greater New York City region.  Open Access owns and operates a network across Long Island and the surrounding areas providing access to over 230 commercial buildings and data centers.

“Demand for fiber-based networking solutions continues to grow throughout our footprint, including the Long Island region.  The acquisition of Open Access will increase Lightower’s position in this important, growing market,” explained Lightower CEO, Rob Shanahan.  “Open Access has developed a great local presence and now Long Island customers can benefit from Lightower’s extended network reach.”

More Fiber, More Routes, More Local Access

The merger of the two networks supports Lightower’s mission of owning and operating a dense, next-generation fiber network that provides a complete portfolio of high-bandwidth services utilizing end-to-end fiber connectivity.  The combined network increases Lightower’s last-mile fiber access into commercial buildings across Long Island.

Lightower’s current network is comprised of over 5,500 fiber route miles and access to over 2,100 commercial buildings, data centers, telco hotels, and other critical interconnection facilities.  Lightower’s footprint extends throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, including Long Island and New York City.  In addition, Lightower offers nationwide long haul services to Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

All Open Access customers will benefit by gaining access to the complete suite of Lightower services and all Lightower service locations.  Lightower’s networking services include Ethernet, dark fiber, WDM wavelengths, SONET, Internet access, and collocation.  Lightower customers will gain access to Open Access’s on-net commercial buildings as well as connectivity into additional interconnectivity facilities including the Open Access collocation facility in Farmingdale.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in Q1 2011.

Lightower Fiber Networks is backed by M/C Venture PartnersPamlico Capital, and Ridgemont Equity Partners. Open Access Inc. is privately held.

About Lightower Fiber Networks

Lightower Fiber Networks is a leading fiber network and broadband service provider in the Northeast, offering over 5,500 fiber route miles coupled with comprehensive transport, alternative access, and nationwide long haul services. Lightower’s fiber footprint extends from New England, to eastern New York State, northern New Jersey, Long Island, and New York City. With access to over 2,100 buildings, Lightower offers unparalleled regional density, performance, scalability, security, and reliability in the Northeast.  Lightower Fiber is headquartered in Boxborough, MA.  For more information, visit www.lightower.com or call 888-LT-FIBER.

About Open Access Inc.

Open Access, headquartered in Farmingdale, NY, is a preeminent provider of diverse, cost-effective, customized end-to-end communications solutions. Open Access takes pride in combining integrity with the highest standards of quality and unparalleled personal service. The success of the Open Access commitment to partnering and service is evidenced by long-term relationships with a client base that includes Fortune 100 customers. For more information on Open Access Inc., visit www.openaccessinc.com or call 631-694-6736.