Lightower Named Authorized Vendor for State of Rhode Island Data Network Services

BOXBOROUGH, MA — November 20, 2014 — Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, announced that it has been named an authorized vendor to the State of Rhode Island Department of Administration for Telecommunications Services. The award is in the IP Data Circuit category and enables Lightower to offer Ethernet, Wavelengths, SONET, Dark Fiber, Internet and Colocation solutions to Rhode Island state, local state and quasi-state agencies. Eligible entities to these services also include public schools, colleges, universities and all cities and towns.

Government agencies continue to embrace advanced networking solutions to provide efficiencies to the public, while also increasing communications with constituents. Lightower offers Rhode Island a unique blend of high-performance networking services combined with a dense fiber network in the state. Lightower already provides coverage to over 150 service locations throughout Rhode Island.

“Lightower has a long history of providing value-adding networking solutions to state and local governments,” commented Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower. “Rhode Island government agencies and educational institutions now have access to Lightower’s end-to-end fiber solutions. One critical benefit of Lightower solutions for the public sector is that we offer future-proof networking technologies that meet the needs of today, while offering simple upgrades in the future. This approach further ensures today’s investments can be leveraged.”

State governments have a critical role to play in using the Internet to transform the public and private sectors. The Internet is an enabling technology that addresses many public policy and economic development challenges that states face. Lightower’s high-performance solutions appeal to the public sector as well as the private sector, including progressive municipal projects like the Knowledge District, an innovation hub in the capital city of Providence, or building a ‘historic high-tech city’ in Newport, which would deliver gigabit speeds to residents and small businesses.”

Lightower services are available now to eligible entities in Rhode Island. The MPA (Master Price Agreement) #308 award was made in accordance with the terms and conditions stated in Request for Proposal # 7548392.

Based in Massachusetts, Lightower successfully serves government, education, higher education, and research customers throughout Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey with similar service contracts.

For more information on Lightower and its Government Networking Solutions, please email government@lightower.com, visit the Lightower Government Solutions web page or call 888-LT-FIBER.

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