News Release

Paetec Teams with Cisco To Launch Its National IP Network

Paetec Communications Certified for Cisco Powered Network Program To Deliver Leading Edge Internet Access Services
Feb 28, 2000

Fairport, NY, February 28, 2000/PaeTec Communications, Inc., an integrated communications provider today announced that it is entering into a relationship with Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, to offer enhanced Internet access services to customers across the United States.

As a certified Cisco Powered Network, PaeTec's customers will receive industry leading network services that are high-performance, customer focused, reliable and secure. PaeTec will use its installation of Cisco 7500 class aggregation routers and Cisco 12000 Series GSRs to build a nationwide high speed Internet Protocol (IP) network and deliver a wide range of Internet services to its business, university, and planned community customers. PaeTec's Cisco Powered Network infrastructure will deliver broadband Internet access to its widespread customer base enabling them to effectively use NewWorld network applications and build high speed Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) over a variety of access methods including leased line and Digital Subscriber Loop (DSL) circuits.

PaeTec's participation in the Cisco Powered Network program demonstrates its ability to provide industry-leading technology solutions and services. "Cisco shares our vision that the IP network is the foundation for delivering intelligent and customer-focused business solutions that will provide our customers with a strategic competitive advantage," said Joe Golden, president of "By working with a market leader such as Cisco, we are able to quickly bring advanced and secure networking solutions to the marketplace."

"In collaboration with Cisco, PaeTec's customers now have access to a high level of network interoperability and performance, and advanced New World services such as integrated high-speed data distribution, Internet access, voice and video streaming," said Larry Lang, vice president of service provider marketing of Cisco. "As a certified Cisco Powered Network service, PaeTec's customers can be confident they are receiving an industry-leading network service which is built on Cisco's high-performance, reliable and secure components."

Based in Fairport, NY, PaeTec Communications, Inc. is an integrated communications provider offering local, domestic and international long distance services, high speed Internet access, eCommerce and other data services to medium and large sized businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals, governmental organizations and affinity groups throughout the United States. PaeTec currently serves customers in over 25 markets, including: Albany, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, New Hampshire, New York City, New Jersey, Orange County, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Rochester, San Diego, Northern Virginia, Syracuse, Washington DC, and Western Massachusetts. PaeTec is a privately held company and has in excess of 600 employees nationwide.