April 10, 2006 18:04 ET

Broadband Alternatives & Available Government Resources to Achieve Diversity Underscored at BREAKFAST ON BROADWAY

AboveNet and SIEDC Discuss Metro NY Fiber and Funds to Alleviate Costs

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 10, 2006 --March's BREAKFAST ON BROADWAY seminar drew a capacity audience to hear presentations by AboveNet, Inc. and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC). AboveNet spoke about alternative fiber network routes that achieve true redundancy and continuity compliance, while the SIEDC elaborated on the myriad of government agencies resources that companies can utilize to improve their bottom line. The seminar was held once again at TELEHOUSE's BROADWAY Center at 25 Broadway, Manhattan, NY.

AboveNet's director of business development, MaryBeth Nance, strongly advised that enterprises review their network diversity compliance status due to the telecom industry's rapidly changing and consolidation landscape. This diversity is critical to federally regulated sectors like banking, healthcare, government, media and academic research and may have been jeopardized by some of the combinations occurring in telecom today.

Responding to an audience question, Nance mentioned that she had observed accelerated movement by financial companies to secure network routes, which completely bypass Manhattan. New fiber routes and carrier presence in Staten Island and New Jersey, such as those of AboveNet, make this a more viable option. As part of their diversity and disaster recovery review process, all enterprises should reexamine their long-haul and metro Ethernet and Internet connectivity, both enterprise to enterprise and enterprise to datacenter.

Nance used AboveNet's newly launched dcXchange product as an option to satisfy LEC bypass redundancy requirements in various metro areas. It offers pre-positioned electronics at network nodes at key carrier hotels, data centers and carrier POPs within designated metro networks.

SIEDC's Jay Anderson pointed out the numerous ways for companies to expand business and improve their bottom line by way of government-sponsored business programs on local and state levels.

When considering where to locate within a city, Anderson advised first researching government programs offering technical assistance, real estate services, economic business development zone tax breaks, incentives and abatements, studies and planning documents, and local networking and business improvement events. He also recommended examining the short and long term business opportunities presented by zoning, population growth and the range of industries located in the area in order to determine how they relate to your business.

Anderson used Staten Island's development opportunities for the telecommunications industry to illustrate his general points. He cited that carriers could benefit by targeting the island's dominant business sectors -- education and health (36% share), leisure and hospitality (8%), retail trade (17%), professional and business services (9%), and transportation and warehousing (5%). All of these industries rely on networks to transport and store data and audio/video content. Anderson singled out the Port Authority of NY & NJ's corporate communications park -- The Teleport -- as a prime example of a key telecom, continuity and disaster recovery hub with tremendous upside.

Akamai and WolfBlock will co-host the April 19th installment of BREAKFAST ON BROADWAY. April's venue changes to the MANHATTAN Center, TELEHOUSE's 33 Whitehall Street facility. The seminar will focus on global networks, application acceleration, and the relationship between acceleration and business success, especially the bottom line. The legal issues, which content providers, content distributors, networks and enterprises in any sector must know, will also be addressed.

About TELEHOUSE America

TELEHOUSE is a carrier-neutral collocation space and services pioneer. Since 1989, they have provided secure, power-protected environments where customers house and operate their telecommunications and network resources. Companies from a wide range of industries locate their mission critical equipment at TELEHOUSE's collocation "meet-me-centers" in NY or CA to profit from potential business opportunities that exist from other TELEHOUSE customers. Among the many benefits of collocating with TELEHOUSE is the ability to connect to state-of-the-art peering exchanges in NYC (NYIIX; ) and LA (LAIIX; Through close ties to its European and Asian sister companies, TELEHOUSE also can provide continuous, cost-effective operation of network-dependent businesses globally. Please visit or contact us at

About AboveNet, Inc.

AboveNet, Inc. provides fiber connectivity solutions for businesses. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and between 14 top U.S. metro markets and London. AboveNet's network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, where the majority of top investment banks and five of the top 10 U.S. banks rely on AboveNet for mission critical services.

About Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC)

Staten Island Economic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation. Its mission is to enhance a thriving Staten Island economy by promoting public and private investment and encouraging the development of commercial and industrial property and projects in an environmentally friendly manner, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities. Visit us at

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Contact Information

  • TELEHOUSE Contact:
    Michael Vallone
    P: 718-355-2572
    E: Email Contact

    AboveNet Contact:
    MaryBeth Nance
    P: 571-633-5128
    E: Email Contact

    SIEDC Contact:
    Vin Lenza
    P: 718-477-1400 x12
    E: Email Contact

    The Teleport
    7 Teleport Drive
    Staten Island, NY 10311
    Phone: (718) 355-2500
    Fax: (718) 355-2517