PAETEC Expands Ethernet Local Loop Access Nationwide

PAETEC Holding Corp. (PAET) has expanded its on-net Ethernet Local Loop (ELL) offering to seven additional on-net cities in 2009 to benefit customers with complex data needs.

Ethernet access enables businesses to connect buildings or access the PAETEC MPLS network using the same technology commonly used in LANs, simplifying network management and reducing equipment costs, the company said. PAETEC now serves a total of 36 on-net markets with Ethernet access and plans to reach an additional six markets by year-end, serving more than half of its 83 core markets nationwide with direct Ethernet access. PAETEC also can reach 100 percent of its MSA coverage area via Ethernet utilizing existing partnership agreements.

PAETEC offers its Ethernet Local Loop product primarily through Network-to-Network Interface (NNI) connections with various local access providers within its service areas. Earlier in 2009, PAETEC also announced Ethernet capabilities via its own fixed wireless circuits across the United States.

PAETEC now can deliver Ethernet access to areas in Alabama, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The company is planning on future Ethernet access expansions in the west and mid-western areas of the United States.

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