Zayo Group Exec Will Serve on CEO Panel
February 22, 2008 – Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo Group, a regional provider of bandwidth and telecom services, is one of three panelists at the Comptel Plus 2008 CEO Forum: The View from the Top. Caruso will share insights on how market opportunities and regulatory challenges will play out in the months to come. The event takes place in Nashville, Tenn., February 24-27.
“Businesses of all types are needing more and more bandwidth and specialized telecom services,” said Caruso. ”Our team is focused on helping our customers satisfy these increasing needs. We work hard to be a reliable and responsive partner to our customers.”
Zayo Group, co-founded by Caruso and John Scarano, operates three complimentary business units. Zayo Bandwidth provides fiber-based bandwidth solutions to targeted carrier, government and large enterprise customers. Zayo Managed Services provides communications-as-a-service (CaaS) to small and medium enterprises, and Onvoy Voice Services delivers wholesale voice services to carriers and local exchange carriers (LECs).
Caruso is an active telecom blogger. His blog at www.BearOnBusiness.com  provides a forum for discussing the telecom industry as well as more general business issues, such as finance and operations. The wisdom of Warren Buffett and Caruso’s first-hand experience from the eye-ofthe-telecom-storm form a backdrop for BearonBusiness.com.
“I try to capture stories from the boom, the bust, and, now, the resurgence,” Caruso said. “We are fortunate to work in a great industry at a great time given the proliferation of the Internet – let’s reminisce, reflect, and celebrate.”
Another topic on Caruso’s blog is the relationship between bandwidth and innovations such as IP video. As the demand for Internet-based video grows, so does the bandwidth required to support it, and Caruso finds himself on both sides of the video revolution. Caruso is the chairman of the board for Envysion, a web-based video management and IP video surveillance company, and is active in both setting the strategic direction for the company and in mentoring the Envysion executive team.
Prior to founding Zayo Group, Caruso served as President and CEO of ICG Communications, a major provider of telecommunications and Internet services. He and his team propelled ICG to become a profitable and cash flow positive company while realizing double-digit growth. Level 3 Communications purchased ICG in 2006, marking one of the more successful telecom investment stories in the post-bubble era. Earlier in his career, Caruso was a founding executive member and officer at Level 3, where he was also Group Vice President of Lines of Business and Marketing and Group Vice President of Network Services.
COMPTEL Plus, a leading event for innovative communications, features top-level speakers on emerging trends and better business strategies. With business-critical policy workshops and streamlined, one-on-one networking opportunities, attendees will view the latest, IP-based technologies and innovative services from more than 150 companies on the EXPO floor. Participants also will hear from industry leaders on the legislative and regulatory changes facing the competitive climate.
About Zayo Group
Based in Louisville, Colo., Zayo Group (www.zayo.com ) is a regional provider of telecom services – including bandwidth, voice and managed services – to carrier, enterprise, SME and government customers. Zayo Group provides its services over a fiber network that spans 108 markets and 12 states. Zayo Group consists of three complimentary business units with combined revenue of $160M.
Based in Washington, D.C., COMPTEL is the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings and the development and deployment of next-generation, IP-based networks and services. COMPTEL advances its members’ interests through trade shows, networking, education, and policy advocacy before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. COMPTEL works to ensure that competitive communications providers can continue to offer lower prices, better service, and greater innovation to consumers. For more information, visit www.comptel.org .