FLTG and Empire & North Telephone Form Joint Venture to Extend Fiber-Optic Network to Southern Tier

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FLTG Inc. South will expand services to Corning, Elmira and Horseheads

“This joint venture makes sense since FLTG and Empire & North Penn have much in common, from our more-than-100-year histories of serving customers, to local family ownership,” said FLTG President and CEO Paul H. Griswold.

Through a new joint venture, Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc. and Empire & North Penn Telephone will expand telecommunications services and broadband Internet to Southern Tier business customers.

The two companies have formed Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc. South, which will extend FLTG’s fiber-optic network by 50 miles to Corning, Elmira and Horseheads. Business customers in those areas will have access to local and long-distance service and broadband Internet. FLTG’s fiber-optic network currently runs 500 miles from Rochester to Ithaca and Syracuse, serving the entire Finger Lakes region. Empire’s network includes more than 450 miles of fiber-optic cable in New York and Pennsylvania.

FLTG Inc. South will be operated and staffed by the more than 160 existing employees of FLTG and Empire & North Penn Telephone. Through the joint venture, both companies will share certain job functions and double their fleets of service vehicles.

“This joint venture makes sense since FLTG and Empire & North Penn have much in common, from our more-than-100-year histories of serving customers, to local family ownership,” said FLTG President and CEO Paul H. Griswold. “FLTG South will expand our redundant fiber-optic network to offer our state-of-the-art voice, data and Internet services to customers in the Southern Tier.”

“We are delighted to enter into a partnership with FLTG, a like-minded, family-owned company,” said Empire & North Penn Telephone President Brian Wagner. “This joint venture will bring our corporate synergies and solutions together for the benefit of more customers.”

Construction of the fiber-optic network build-out, already underway, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011.

About the Companies
Empire & North Penn Telephone Companies and FLTG offer fiber-optic networks of 1,000 miles combined from New York to Pennsylvania.

Headquartered in Prattsburgh, N.Y., Empire & North Penn Telephone (http://www.empiretelephone.com, http://www.northpenntelephone.com) boast more than 80 employees with a network including more than 450 miles of fiber-optic cable. These companies were among the leaders in providing rural America with advanced telecommunications services. These services include Broadband Internet access to 100 percent of its more than 600 sq. mile service territory throughout the southern tier of New York and the northern tier of Pennsylvania and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) service in several communities. Its latest product addition is a state-of-the-art, digital IPTV head end, offering a robust line up including HD channels and whole home DVR service.

Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc. (http://www.fltg.com) provides state-of-the-art voice, data and Internet solutions to business customers across New York state. The company is certified in all Cisco solutions, and it has built its own 500-mile, fiber-optic network to serve the Finger Lakes region. A subsidiary of Ontario and Trumansburg Telephone Companies, which has a service area of 200 square miles, FLTG brings to its customers a more-than-100-year history in telecommunications. Through the joint venture with Empire, the companies have the potential to offer customers a digital IPTV head-end solution. Headquartered in Victor, N.Y., FLTG and its parent companies employ more than 80 people combined and have offices in Phelps, Trumansburg and Buffalo.

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