AboveNet Announces Top PHONE+ Channel Manager

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Brian Sheehan takes honor for third year in a row.

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Brian has done a great job putting AboveNet's channel program on the map. He has assembled a great team, built solid upper management support for the program, and has been very responsive to our needs in the critical first years of our partnership. Brian is results-oriented and his success is a direct reflection of that. Thanks Brian and congratulations on the well-deserved recognition.

AboveNet, Inc., (NYSE:ABVT)) a leading provider of high-bandwidth connectivity solutions, has announced that one of its managers, Brian Sheehan, has been chosen for the third year in a row as a PHONE+ Magazine Channel Manager of the Year for 2009.

PHONE+ magazine, a resource for the telecommunications indirect sales channel, recently announced the choice at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Miami.

These telecom professionals were nominated by master agents, subagents and independent agents and selected by a poll of PHONE+ readers and supporters Aug. 17-26. Winners will be profiled in the November issue and the results of this contest are available at http://www.phoneplusmag.com .

Jay Bradley, President of master agent Intelisys, said, "Brian has done a great job putting AboveNet's channel program on the map. He has assembled a great team, built solid upper management support for the program, and has been very responsive to our needs in the critical first years of our partnership. Brian is results-oriented and his success is a direct reflection of that. Thanks Brian and congratulations on the well-deserved recognition."

"Every year, PHONE+ welcomes the honor of announcing the top channel manager winners. Hardworking channel advocates, like the ones on this list, are what keeps telecom's indirect channel profitable and successful," said Mike Saxby, group publisher for PHONE+.

Brian Sheehan has over 15 years experience in the communications industry, and has held the Channel Manager role at AboveNet for 4 years. Mr. Sheehan is responsible for driving sales growth by developing and managing key strategic relationships.

About AboveNet, Inc.
AboveNet (http://www.above.net)] provides high-bandwidth connectivity solutions for business and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and among 15 top U.S. metro markets and London, UK. Its network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care, retail and government.

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About PHONE+
PHONE+ magazine is the country's leading publication for communication distribution channels. For more than two decades, PHONE+ has been the undisputed leader in providing news and analysis to alternate distribution channels serving the communications industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services and associated CPE, applications and professional services.

PHONE+ includes a monthly print publication, a Web resource (http://www.phoneplusmag.com)] and a weekly newsletter.

About the Channel Partners Conference & Expo
Hosted by PHONE+ magazine, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo is the telecom industry's only event exclusively for the channel. The fall event is taking place this week in Miami. The spring conference is set for March 1-3, 2010, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. For more information, visit http://www.channelpartnersconference.com .

About Intelisys Business Solutions
Intelisys Business Solutions, formerly Carrier Solutions, is the result of the 2006 merger of Resource Communications, an industry-leading telecommunications solutions provider founded by Dana Topping, and Intelisys Communications, Inc. Intelisys Communications, Inc., is the only telecom master agency focused exclusively on supporting the channel's top-producing sales agents. Intelisys provides a broad suite of telecom value-based solutions that include carrier voice and data services, wireless and wired access, voice and Web conferencing, as well as mobility solutions.

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