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14 July 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
FirstLight has entered into a definitive agreement to buy 186 Communications.
FirstLight's president and CEO Kurt
Van Wagenen said: "This is another exciting development for
FirstLight. This acquisition is very complementary to
FirstLight's existing network and capabilities. It extends our
network reach further into Massachusetts, New Hampshire and
Vermont, adds an impressive roster of customers, and builds on
the strong, positive momentum we have had over the past several
The deal will see 186’s high-capacity fibre
network in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, merge with
Firstlight’s fibre network along with its data,
internet, data centre, cloud and voice services.
Once the transaction is complete FirstLight will operate
roughly 14,000-route miles of high capacity fibre optic network
connecting 8,000 locations and twelve data centres across the
Northeast, this includes the acquisition of Finger Lane
"This acquisition represents the next logical step in a
series of strategic transactions that have dramatically
transformed FirstLight into one of the largest fibre providers
serving the IT infrastructure needs of carriers and business
customers throughout the Northeast," said Scott Baker and Benjy
Diesbach, partners at Oak Hill and members of the FirstLight
board of directors.
"I am pleased that 186 Communications will be combined with
FirstLight. The companies have collaborated many times over the
years, and now as one organisation, we will be better
positioned to continue to serve the growing bandwidth needs of
businesses throughout the Northeast," said 186
Communication’s CEO Rob Carmichael.
The transaction is expected to complete by the end of 2017,
following the satisfaction of customary regulatory approvals,
neither party have commented on the financial terms of the
Kurt Van Wagenen,