News Release

USCarrier Telecom Adds Tallahassee Area to its Regional Broadband Network

Network built with Cisco Systems IP+Optical technology
May 17, 2001

ATLANTA - May 17, 2001 - USCarrier Telecom today announced the expanded reach of its regional broadband network. With the addition the Tallahassee ring to its network, USCarrier can now provide transport, long distance and Internet services to wholesale customers in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas.

"We are already routing traffic through the Tallahassee ring from customers at other points along our network," said Joe Hensley, USCarrier chief operating officer. "By the end of the year Tallahassee will also serve as a major exchange point for our core network."

Prior to completion of this portion of USCarrier's network, the only area in Florida served by the core network was Jacksonville. By August, USCarrier's Tallahassee ring will extend access to Panama City, Pensacola and into Alabama.

With the addition of the Tallahassee ring, USCarrier's total network is 86 percent complete. When Columbus and Athens, Georgia go live by year's end, the entire 2,200-mile backbone network is expected to be fully operational, providing state-of-the-art broadband services throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

"The completion of our Super Ring with this Tallahassee connection, significantly increases the capacity we have available for our wholesale customers, allowing them to extend their reach into new markets across rural Georgia and the Southeast," said Ron Morrison, director of sales and marketing at USCarrier. "We now have the reliability needed to provide a fully redundant network across Georgia and compete with anyone in this communications marketplace."

Network powered by Cisco Systems technology

One of USCarrier's key advantages is its advanced network architecture. Operating on multiple Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) segments allows for increased network capacity, reliability and ease of expansion. This technology allows USCarrier to grow its network without compromising its highest quality services.

When building its network, USCarrier turned to the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, Cisco Systems. Over 1,000 miles of USCarrier's network is powered by Cisco's state-of-the-art IP+Optical technology to maximize capacity for value-added services. Overall USCarrier's multi-million dollar deployment includes the industry leading ONS 15454 Metro Optical Transport platform, ONS 15800 DWDM system, Cisco Transport Manager ONS element management system, and Cisco 12000 series and Cisco 7500 series Internet routers.

"An IP+Optical infrastructure combines the intelligence of IP with the economic capacity of optics and enables service providers to create new opportunities," said Tom Fallon, vice president and general manager of optical networking at Cisco Systems. "By utilizing our industry leading optical transport technology and high speed routers, USCarrier is bringing advanced IP services to new markets and generating profitable revenue opportunities for its members."

USCarrier Telecom, LLC is a one-source provider of high-capacity, high-speed telecommunications bandwidth. Wholesale services include long-haul transport, metro Atlanta access, long distance and Internet access connecting more than 40 cities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and the Southeast. Headquartered in Atlanta, USCarrier has an operations center in Macon, GA with technicians deployed throughout the state. USCarrier has more than 2,500 route-miles of state-of-the-art fiber optic network in four states, monitored twenty-four hours, seven days a week. For more information on USCarrier and its products and services, visit the company web site at