Sovernet to be rebranded FirstLight

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Sovernet to be rebranded FirstLight

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:37am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine In the naissance of the Internet, a small phone company was formed in Bellows Falls that soon used its copper pairs to set up local email and Web browsing services. It was a local company that was competing against other local companies like Together Networks and national behemoths like AOL, CompuServe and Netscape. While some of those firms' technology still exists (even if they don't) from the good old days of the late '80s and early '90s (JavaScript, GIF), Sovernet, founded in 1995, evolved as a phone company CLEC and ISP. It was bought and sold a couple of times and eventually set up a "middle-mile" fiber network in Vermont and neighboring states that offers service largely to schools and government entities. Its new owner, FirstLight, announced today that it will rebrand Sovernet to the parent company name as it consolidates its recent flurry of acquisitions into one identity.

According to Sovernet, FirstLight will continue to have an office in Bellows Falls with no layoffs. Sovernet has 65 employees in Vermont and New York.

FirstLight, a  fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider based in Albany, NY, and operating in the Northeast, announced that following the recent acquisitions of Oxford Networks and ION Communications, has rebranded to a single company name, “FirstLight.” This development is the next step in the company’s integration process following Oak Hill Capital Partners’ recently completed acquisitions of Oxford Networks and Sovernet Communications. The company said in a press release that it plans to "sunset" the Sovernet Communications brand in the coming weeks.

“Rebranding to a single company name 'FirstLight' represents another significant milestone in our integration process to create one team with a singular focus on continuing to provide outstanding service and support to our customers,” stated Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight.

Offering network, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services, FirstLight operates a regional fiber network serving enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, connecting more than 5,000 locations in service with an additional 20,000 locations serviceable by its 9,600-route mile network. Upon the close of the recently announced FirstLight acquisition of Finger Lakes Technologies Group, the company will then operate a regional network consisting of approximately 12,000 route miles of high-capacity fiber in six states and Canada, with more than 7,000 on-net locations and 12 data centers totaling more than 225,000 square feet of space strategically located throughout its footprint.

“The rebrand of Oxford Networks and ION Communications as FirstLight is a testament to our team’s ability to successfully work together to align as one strong company,” commented Maura Mahoney, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management of FirstLight. “As FirstLight, we will stay true to our mission of providing the complete portfolio of high quality infrastructure services our customers rely upon.” 

About FirstLight
FirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast connecting more than 5,000 locations in service with an additional 20,000 locations serviceable by our 9,600 route mile network. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelength and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud and voice services. FirstLight’s clientele includes national cellular providers and wireline carriers and many leading enterprises, spanning high tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments.

Source: Albany, NY – April 12, 2017 – FirstLight. To learn more about FirstLight, visit, or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn. TOP: VBM file photo of Sovernet headquarters in Bellows Falls.