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360networks Expands Deep into the Heart of Texas

SEATTLE, WA – June 22, 2011 – 360networks (now Zayo Group), a facilities-based wholesale provider of telecommunication services, today announced availability of a new 640 mile route of dark fiber from Dallas to El Paso capable of supporting up to 100G line rates.

This expansion extends the company’s footprint in support of the region’s telecommunications, cable, content and cloud services providers’growing need for capacity and connectivity for their end users.  These customers can now access 360networks’s more than 18,000 route miles to over 60 tier 1 to 4 markets across 22 states and British Columbia.  The expansion also creates a highly redundant path for the Dallas market, as well as throughout Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.

“Adding the Dallas to El Paso route is a natural progression of our strategy to take customers deeper into the geographic areas we serve while increasing value through redundancy and scalability,” said Brady Adams, chief technology officer for 360networks.  “Look for 360networks to continue to drive value for our customers by expanding our network and services.”

For this expansion 360networks installed Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) technology enabling Waves, IP, Ethernet, and TDM access in Abilene, Ft. Worth, and Midland.  The route also covers 25 new market-capable sites including Aledo, Arlington, Baird, Barstow, Big Spring, Cisco, Eastland, Ft. Hancock – Alamo Alto, Ft Hancock – McNary, Kent, Loraine, Merkel, Monahans, Odessa, Pecos, Santo, Sierra Blanca, Socorro, Stanton, Strawn, Sweetwater, Toyah, Van Horn, Weatherford, and Westbrook.

“Our next-generation optical technology is part of a converged backbone solution, which means that 360networks can intelligently manage traffic and support their customer’s new bandwidth-hungry applications, such as live-streaming high-definition video, over a fully redundant network,” said Robert Vrij, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas region. “The scalability and flexibility of our DWDM network will help 360networks support capacity and connectivity needs as it continues to expand across Texas and throughout its geographic area.”

About 360networks

360networks (now Zayo Group) is a full service wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, VoIP, and Local Access (T1/DS3) services, on its wholly-owned fiber optic backbone.  Its facilities-based network provides deep coverage, spanning 18,000 miles to over 60 tier 1 to 4 U.S. markets (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) and British Columbia.  Financially stable and a CLEC in 36 states, 360networks helps the nation’s voice, data and web-based application and service providers to quickly pursue next generation strategies, migrate from legacy networks, grow into new markets and services, and increase network diversity.

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