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December 14, 2009 15:06 ET

RCN Signs Multi-Year Agreement With University of Illinois at Chicago Athletics

Flames Games, Highlights and Interviews Available on RCN's Video ON DEMAND (VOD)

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of high-speed internet, digital cable TV with high definition and unlimited phone service, signed a multi-year agreement with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Athletics. The partnership allows UIC to gain exposure for its athletic programs through RCN's cable system. In addition, RCN will have a significant presence at all UIC sporting events.

Beginning December 18, RCN subscribers will have access to exclusive content such as Flames men's and women's basketball games in addition to highlights and interviews from other sports through RCN's Video ON DEMAND service. RCN TV Channel 34 promoted UIC's basketball season during the month of November.

"As the hometown triple play provider, I am excited to announce our sponsorship of UIC Athletics," said Tom McKay, senior vice president and general manager of RCN Chicago. "We are happy to support the Flames and showcase their games to the entire UIC community."

UIC is the largest university in the city of Chicago with over 25,000 students, and an estimated one in 10 Chicagoans with a college degree is a UIC alumnus. UIC Athletics sponsors 18 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. The Flames have established itself as a regional and national competitor in collegiate athletics by earning 51 NCAA postseason berths and producing 17 All-American players in just 27 years as a Division I program. For more information about the Flames, visit www.uicflames.com.

"UIC Athletics is proud to partner with RCN," noted University of Illinois at Chicago's Athletics Director, Jim Schmidt. "We look forward to teaming with an innovating industry leader that maintains such a strong presence in Chicago."

RCN customers with a digital box can watch select games whenever they want, as many times as they want with RCN's ON DEMAND service by going to channel 001 and selecting RCN TV.

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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. (RCNI-G)

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