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RCN Corporation

December 01, 2009 17:17 ET

RCN Holiday Tradition Continues With the Live December 7 Broadcast of the 24th Annual Dream Come True Telethon

Fundraising Proceeds Go Directly to Greater Lehigh Valley Children

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - RCN PA, a local provider of all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers, announced today that it will once again team up with local charity Dream Come True to help raise funds to grant the wishes of seriously, chronically, and terminally-ill children in the greater Lehigh Valley. Dream Come True's annual telethon is scheduled for Monday, December 7 from 6-10pm, and RCN will again play an integral role in its success.

"We are really proud that our long-standing partnership with Dream Come True has become a holiday tradition," said RCN Vice President and General Manager Randy Nungester. "Besides benefiting a great cause, the live auction that will be part of Dream Come True's telethon provides a way for viewers to find unique and meaningful holiday gifts for friends and family."

RCN's Gary Laubach and 69-News WFMZ-TV's Perla Lopez Baray will return as the telethon's hosts. The four hour telethon, to be held at the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem, will be filmed by RCN's studio and aired live on RCN4 in the Lehigh Valley and RCN8 in the Upper Darby area. Interviews with dream recipients and involved community members will be featured during this entertaining and heart-warming program, along with holiday-themed performances by local school groups and others.

An exciting on-air auction will also be included with items donated by local businesses and RCN's cable partners -- a number quite unique such as autographed Philadelphia Flyers jerseys that were donated by the NHL Network and tickets to a taping of "Inside the Actors Studio" that were donated by NBC. Each hour new selections will be up for bid; some featured items will be on display Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 at the Westgate Mall.

Dream Come True's telethon raised more than $92,000 for the charity last year, which helped make dreams come true for 40 children from the local area, including Allentown and Bethlehem.

To make a donation or bid on an item during the broadcast, viewers may call 800.749.8099. The phone line will only be open from 6-10pm. To contribute before or after the telethon, donations may be made through Dream Come True's website at http://www.dreamcometrue.org.

About RCN PA

In the Philadelphia area, RCN serves the communities of Folcroft, Ridley Township, Sharon Hill, Eddystone, Norwood, Prospect Park, Collingdale, Colwyn, Glenolden, Ridley Park, Upper Darby, Tinicum, Morton, Rutledge, Millbourne, Darby Borough, Darby Township, Clifton Heights, East Lansdowne, Yeadon, and Lansdowne. In the Lehigh Valley, RCN serves the franchised communities of Alburtis, Allen Township, Allentown City, Bangor Borough, Bath Borough, Bethlehem City, Bethlehem Township, Bethlehem Township (Easton), Bushkill Township, Catasauqua Borough, Chapman Borough, Coopersburg, Coplay Borough, East Allen Township, East Bangor Borough, Easton City, Forks Township, Emmaus Borough, Fountain Hill Borough, Freemansburg Borough, Glendon Borough, Hanover Township (Lehigh County) & (Northampton County), Heidelberg Township, Hellertown Borough, Lehigh Township, Lower Macungie Township, Lower Nazareth Township, Lower Saucon Township, Lowhill Township, Macungie Borough, Moore Township, Nazareth Borough, North Catasauqua Borough, North Whitehall Township, Northampton Borough, Palmer Township, Pen Argyl Borough, Plainfield Township, Reiglesville, Roseto Borough, Salisbury Township, Slatington Borough, South Whitehall Township, Stockertown Borough, Tatamy Borough, Upper Macungie Township, Upper Nazareth Township, Upper Saucon Township, Walnutport, Washington Township, West Easton Borough, Whitehall Township, Williams Township, Wilson Borough, and Wind Gap Borough.

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), www.rcn.com, is a competitive broadband services provider delivering all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through its RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago.

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