FirstLight Fiber acquires MFC amid Maine expansion plans

17 May 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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FirstLight has acquired Maine Fiber Company (MFC), which will propel more growth and further enhance its fibre network throughout the State of Maine.

The MFC network adds unique routes into Canada including a cable landing, the Maritime Express Route from Nova Scotia to Boston, as well as additional diversity to FirstLight's robust network.

The news comes after FirstLight, which is a fibre-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating through the Northeast of the US, confirmed earlier this month that it was planning new fibre builds and launching a number of new products throughout the state of Maine.

“Acquiring MFC is very exciting for FirstLight. We have a long-standing, positive working relationship with this organisation and are impressed with what they have been able to accomplish since the company's inception in 2009,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, president and CEO of FirstLight Fiber.

“The companies have leveraged their strong ties over the years to expand broadband access to customers in Maine and beyond.  We expect the integration process will be swift and seamless to our customers and stakeholders.”

Dwight Allison III, CEO of MFC, added: "We are excited about the possibilities this transaction creates for our customers, employees and key stakeholders. Over the past ten years, we have built a 1,300-route mile, middle mile dark fibre network in areas throughout the State of Maine that were historically underserved. Now as part of FirstLight, a larger network of dark fibre is available to help us realise our mission of providing our customers access to a quality broadband network.”

In March, FirstLight appointed Len Camara as its new chief information officer (CIO). In his new position, Camara serves as a member of the FirstLight senior executive team and oversees the advancement of the company's information systems and information technology functions.