SOURCE: Transition Networks

Transition Networks

February 15, 2010 10:29 ET

Transition Networks Earns USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Acceptance

Helping to Advance Broadband to Under-Served and Rural Areas

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - February 15, 2010) -  Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced that several of its media converters and network interface devices have received the RUS Acceptance from the Technical Standards Committee A (Telecommunications) in accordance with the list of acceptable materials from the Advanced Services Division of the United States Department of Agriculture -- Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Having the RUS acceptance allows rural Independent Operating Carriers (IOCs) to qualify for loans and grants on end-to-end and access transport rollouts when they deploy Transition Networks products.

RUS is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that offers funding and low-cost loans to service providers investing in broadband infrastructure serving under-served and rural communities. The RUS acceptance allows service providers to purchase Transition Networks' devices with a RUS-approved loan or grant funds. 

"Achieving the USDA's RUS acceptance demonstrates Transitions' commitment to the development of broadband services in rural and underserved areas and the advancement of high-speed access services and next-generation networks (NGN)," said Pat Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. "This is a crucial step in helping rural carriers deliver highly scalable, intelligent Ethernet and TDM solutions, for cost effectively deploying business and mobile backhaul services."

For more information on Transition Networks and related technologies, please visit Transition Networks at www.transition.com/rus.

About Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
RUS is responsible for the $2.5 billion Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and is designed to encourage the availability of telecommunication services in rural or under-served areas. USDA's Rural Utilities Service provides programs to finance rural America's telecommunications infrastructure in underserved communities throughout the United States. The Broadband Loan program provides loans to fund the costs of constructing, improving and acquiring facilities to provide broadband service to eligible rural communities. The USDA administers a rigorous technical acceptance process to ensure that products will perform well in these networks before including them in their List of Acceptable Materials. Upon receiving this acceptance the listed products are qualified to receive RUS financing.

About Transition Networks Products
Transition Networks' conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. All Transition Networks brand of network interface devices and switches carry a lifetime warranty.

About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: JCS).

Statements regarding the Company's anticipated performance in 2010 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Patrick Schaber
    Transition Networks
    (952) 996-1526
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    Editorial Contact:
    Kim Miller
    Tier One Partners
    (617) 610-0583
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