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RCN Buys Fiber Link

In a move aimed at boosting its presence in the Boston market, RCN Corp. Monday acquired a high-capacity fiber link from NEES Communications, Inc. (NEESCom), a subsidiary of New England Electric System.

The acquisition will support the link between two of RCN's Boston-area facilities, activating the high-speed fiber backbone running between the company's operations base in Boston and the Marlborough, Mass., site of RCN's UltraNet unit.

"This new fiber link will further solidify the connection between these two RCN facilities and build additional diversity and redundancy into a very robust fiber network," said Michael Adams, president of RCN's Technology and Network Development Group.

"It also will complement the regional backbone we have already put in place in this growing market for RCN voice, video and data services."

The company said today's agreement will enable it to expand diversity into a long-haul fiber link acquired from Qwest Communications in 1998 and transfer existing traffic now carried on leased private line connections to its own fiber.

RCN will also be able to provision future traffic directly onto its own diverse fiber backbone. The acquisition is part of RCN's strategy of being the low-cost operator in all of the markets it serves.

Recently RCN signed deals with Level 3 Communications, Qwest Communications and MCI WorldCom.

"Through the combination of our own construction efforts and these recent acquisitions, we have been extremely successful in deploying a high-capacity broadband network capable of providing the full suite of services to residential customers," Adams said.

"We have also been able to build enough diversity and redundancy into the system to ensure the highest levels of service while using just a fraction of our overall capacity."