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J.R. Simplot Company Selects Zayo for Critical Metro Connections

LOUISVILLE, Colo.– June 30, 2011 – Zayo, a provider of bandwidth and fiber infrastructure services, has signed a multi-year agreement with J.R. Simplot, one of the world’s largest privately owned food processing and agricultural companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Zayo is providing lit high-bandwidth connectivity to each of Simplot’s 10 facilities in the Boise, Nampa and Caldwell, Idaho area.  Zayo is providing 10Gbps Wavelength service between Simplot’s two enterprise data centers as well as ring protected, metro Ethernet service connecting its 10 major Boise-area locations with its facilities across the nation and around the world.

With this new metropolitan area network, Simplot is able to integrate its various locations more readily, and leverage its ERP system investments.The company isalso able to better leverageAgVance, a strategic business application for managing land and livestock operations, across all of its facilities. In addition, the new data center connectivity provided by Zayo will become a critical part of Simplot’s disaster recovery planning.

“We don’t view Zayo as a vendor, but as a partner core to our business strategies,” said Mark Sachs, network technology manager for Simplot. “Not only does Zayo have a large network presence in Boise, but when we were evaluating network partners, the entire Zayo team comprising engineers, executives and sales took the time to understand our needs and develop a custom solution for us.”

Zayo‘s network in Boise and the surrounding areas is includes 175 on-net buildings and 182 route miles of fiber.

“Our network footprint is only half the equation when it comes to working with a major enterprise such as J.R. Simplot,” said Steven Williams, Vice President and General Manager of West Region, Zayo Networks. “We also bring experienceand take a partnership approach with our customers. This customized approach helped us create a compelling solution for J.R. Simplot’s dedicated network needs.”

About Zayo

Based in Louisville, Colorado, privately owned Zayo (www.zayo.com) is a leading provider of fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and interconnection services.  Zayo Group is organized into autonomous business units supporting customers who require lit and dark fiber services and carrier neutral colocation.  Zayo’s business units provide these services over regional, metro and fiber-to-the-tower networks.  Zayo was recently ranked #23 on the ColoradoBiz Top 250 Private Companies in Colorado and its President and CEO, Dan Caruso, was recently named one of the “Eleven Colorado business people to watch in 2011” by the Denver Post.

About J.R. Simplot

The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho, proudly brings earth’s resources to life with an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching, cattle production, food processing, food brands, and other enterprises related to agriculture.  Simplot’s major operations are located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and China, with products marketed in more than 40 countries worldwide.

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Media Contact

Brittany Sever
303.381.3268
bsever@zayo.com

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