FirstLight Fiber, Maine Fiber Co. deliver IP services to Maine's underserved areas

FirstLight Fiber and Maine Fiber Company (MFC), a purveyor of dark fiber via the Three Ring Binder network, have struck a partnership where they will deliver IP-based services to Maine businesses.

Under the terms of the agreement, FirstLight will leverage Maine Fiber's Three Ring Binder network to bring higher speed fiber-based services to customers located in previously underserved areas in Maine.

Given the focus of both of these service providers, this partnership makes sense.

FirstLight has been focused on building out an IP and fiber-based network in areas of northern New England that have traditionally had limited service options. In addition to its own growing network facilities, FirstLight has developed various in-region peering relationships with highly trafficked websites, a move that reduces network latency.

The service provider could also attract multi-site businesses based in Maine that need access to New Hampshire, upstate New York and even Canada. 

For MFC, the FirstLight partnership gives it an experienced service partner that can leverage their dark fiber network to extend its suite of Ethernet and IP-based voice services to businesses whose options were likely limited to copper-based DSL and T-1 circuits.  

"The fact that FirstLight has built such an advanced and robust IP core in the Northeast is one of the main reasons that we chose to work with them," said Jeff McCarthy, vice president of business development for Maine Fiber Company, in a release. "By aligning with FirstLight, we help bring a wider, more advanced set of services to Maine businesses, allowing them to compete more effectively in the global economy."

For more:
- see the release

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