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NTS Communications selects 360networks for Ethernet Virtual Private Line and Optical Wavelength Serv

SEATTLE, WA – July 26, 2011 – 360networks (now Zayo Group), a facilities-based wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, and VoIP services, today announced NTS Communications has selected the 360networks Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) Service in support of end user needs between Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas.  In addition, 360networks also deployed optical wavelengths for NTS from Lubbock to Wichita Falls, Texas.

NTS Communications, a subsidiary of Xfone, Inc., provides integrated voice, data and video solutions to business and residential customers in West Texas as well as seven additional states.  The company operates the region’s largest non-ILEC telecommunications network, with a Fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) platform that supports its voice, video and data triple play offering.

“We needed capacity to key markets, protected circuits, and competitive prices; 360networks’s unique coverage footprint in West Texas gave us the markets we needed,” said Priscilla Rivas, Vice President, Network Administration for NTS Communications.  “Its EVPL service provided the pay-as-you-grow solution we were looking for, with the wavelengths enhancing protection in critical markets.”

“We are proud to expand our long-standing relationship with NTS,” said Steve Cardwell, vice president of sales for 360networks.  “For customers like NTS needing to go beyond the major metropolitan areas, we provide a one-stop shop with the full line of high quality services to the markets they need, competitively priced, and backed by the high levels of customer service we’ve built our reputation on.”

The 360networks EVPL service is fully mesh-protected for ubiquitous connectivity between major carrier hotels, data centers, Internet exchanges, and neutral peering points across the company’s entire 18,500 route mile footprint.  360networks’s EVPL eliminates the mileage associated with traditional private line services.  Customers instead, pay a monthly recurring charge per port in point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configurations.  Because 360networks owns and operates the network, its EVPL customers benefit from a level of reliability and control not available from shared network configurations.  Combined with the company’s deep coverage to major metros, as well as dozens of smaller markets, NTS decreases network complexity, improves and optimizes capacity, and reduces costs.

About 360networks

360networks (now Zayo Group) is a full service wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, and VoIP services, on its wholly-owned fiber optic backbone.  Its facilities-based network provides deep coverage, spanning 18,500 miles to 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 strong 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. www.zayo.com

About Xfone, Inc.

Xfone is a provider of high speed broadband services, including Internet access, digital cable TV programming and local and long distance telephone service to residential and business customers in northern Texas and southeastern Louisiana.  Xfone’s Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) network provides one of the fastest internet connections available.  The Company currently has operations in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana and also serves customers in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.  For the company’s website, please visit: http://www.xfone.com/.