SOURCE: RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation

September 16, 2009 09:40 ET

Chicago Native and True Blood® Star Nelsan Ellis Attended Exclusive Party Hosted by RCN

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet, and premium voice services, hosted an exclusive party on September 11, where "True Blood" actor, Nelsan Ellis made a guest appearance.

Two-hundred fans attended RCN's "Fangtasia" event. Partygoers arrived two hours before the event began and soon after, the line extended down the block. Coffins, tombstones and other ghoulish décor transformed Hamilton's into Fangtasia, the show's popular vampire bar. The party featured music, food and refreshments -- including Hamilton's rendition of the "Tru Blood" beverage.

Pictures from the event can be downloaded by clicking here then select "view photos," which is under "Fangtasia Party In Chicago 9/11/09." The password is "rcn".

Twenty lucky fans met Nelsan Ellis and received an autographed photo. Ellis, who was born in Chicago, is known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds, the short-order cook at the popular hangout, Merlotte's. 103.5 KISS-FM's DJ Candi emceed the party and gave away prizes.

"The turnout for 'Fangtasia' surpassed our expectations," said Tom McKay, SVP, general manager of RCN Chicago. "Thanks to our partnership with HBO and Nelsan Ellis, who was very interactive with the crowd, the event was an excellent way for us to reach out to our customers including college students in the surrounding area."

Continuing the theme, RCN will sponsor blood drives that will be run by the University of Illinois Medical Center on September 17 and 24. Donors will receive giveaways as well as snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI),, 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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