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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Lumos Networks to Interconnect Networks, Build New Path from Atlanta to Ashburn

WAYNESBORO, VA. – Lumos Networks (NASDAQ: LMOS), a leading provider of fiber-based products across the Mid-Atlantic region, announced plans to interconnect its network through a key provider with a significant presence in the Southeastern United States. Together, they will build redundancy to the heavily-traveled route between Atlanta and Ashburn.

This key route will provide carriers and large bandwidth data center users with an alternative to the I-95 corridor which has experienced impairments and outages throughout its history, most recently earlier this year as a result of a number of weather-related events. This new route will provide those needing to connect to these markets with a more reliable, redundant and robust path.

"We're excited to provide more reliability to those seeking to reach Ashburn from Atlanta and points in between," said Joe McCourt, Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer. "Interconnecting two major internet cities takes our already robust network to a whole new level. Today, we can provide speeds to 10Gig wavelengths and larger configurations are expected in the next few months. We expect to see benefits far beyond these markets as a result of this project."

With the building of this new route the two providers are essentially increasing the size of the highway, thus increasing traffic and reducing network contention. As a result, Lumos Networks anticipates significant wholesale, enterprise and higher educational opportunities. Project completion is scheduled for fourth quarter 2012.

About the Combination of Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks

The combination of Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks creates a super-regional fiber bandwidth network with over 21,000 miles of fiber and more than 9,000 on-net locations across nine states in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States. The new entity offers a full range of Ethernet, MPLS, dark fiber, advanced voice and cloud services to thousands of carrier, enterprise, data center and government customers. The entity also connects 44 total data centers, including 12 co-location and data centers. More information: is available at and

Lumos Networks provides fiber internet, voice, and IP connectivity over a dense fiber-based network serving enterprise and carrier customers in areas around and including Roanoake, VA, Richmond, VA, Daleville, VA, Waynesboro, VA, Hampton Roads, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, Lynchburg, VA, Charleston, WV, Huntington, WV, Beckley, WV, Parkersburg, WV, Clarksburg, WV, Morgantown, WV, Wheeling, WV, Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Altoona, PA, Hagerstown, MD, and Washington, D.C.