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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Lumos Networks Announces Agreement to Acquire Clarity Communications Group

WAYNESBORO, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks”) (NASDAQ:LMOS), a leading fiber-based service provider in the mid-Atlantic region today announced it signed a purchase agreement to acquire Clarity Communications Group (“Clarity”), which operates a 730 mile fiber network with 75 on-net locations located across four states in the south-eastern United States. The vast majority of Clarity’s operations and fiber mileage is in the state of North Carolina.

Timothy G. Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks said, “I am excited to announce our acquisition of Clarity Communications, which we expect to close in the first quarter of 2017. We believe this transaction will be accretive on an Adjusted EBITDA basis on day one and demonstrates a disciplined approach to efficiently expand our fiber footprint into both new markets and verticals.”

Mr. Biltz continued, “Clarity, led by founders Todd Peverall and Andy Carwile, gives us an instant foothold within the Carrier and Enterprise verticals in many high growth North Carolina markets and gives us a new sales channel into various government end markets, including military installations and e-rate. Clarity will be a contributing factor in Lumos achieving the necessary scale needed to become a pure play fiber bandwidth infrastructure company.”

“We are enthusiastic about becoming part of the Lumos team as they continue their transformation towards a pure-play fiber company,” said Todd Peverall, President of Clarity Communications. “Our team is motivated to continue to grow our North Carolina fiber business and we see numerous opportunities to utilize our expertise within the government space across the entire 9,200 fiber mile Mid-Atlantic footprint.”

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 www.lumosnetworks.com. and www.spiritcom.com.

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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.