RCN Metro

June 08, 2009 08:30 ET

New York's 92nd Street Y Selects RCN Metro Optical Networks to Power Wi-Fi Network With Dedicated High-Speed Internet Service

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - RCN Metro Optical Networks, a division of RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI) and a premier provider of fiber optic-based network solutions, announced today that it is providing dedicated, high-speed Internet Service to the 92nd Street Y, a unique institution that serves more than 300,000 people annually, providing exceptional programs in the arts and culture, Jewish life and education, health and fitness, personal growth, and travel and in classes for adults, families, and children.

Under the agreement, RCN Metro provides the 92nd Street Y with a high-speed, dedicated access solution for first-class Internet access with low-latency and high reliability. This service is needed to support Wi-Fi usage by the 350 young men and women residing in the de Hirsch Residence, which acts as a dormitory for several of the area's colleges and universities. The 92nd Street Y also extends this Wi-Fi service to multiple public areas within the facility.

RCN Metro's dedicated Internet access is powered by multiple Tier 1 peering points, monitored by dual Network Operations Centers, and backed by dedicated customer support.

"We're honored to provide dedicated, high-speed Internet service to such a remarkable organization," said Felipe Alvarez, President of RCN Metro Optical Networks. "We understand that highly reliable Internet connectivity is critical to the success and mission of the 92nd Street Y, and RCN Metro's dedicated Internet service will allow this organization to continue to provide a model community and cultural center for the 21st century."

RCN Metro was selected by the 92nd Street Y because of its outstanding network design and its high-quality service and support. These were critical requirements for the 92nd Street Y as it struggled to meet the increased bandwidth demands that resulted from patrons' increased use of social networking and multi-media platforms and content.

"Working with RCN Metro has been a breeze," said Bob Fetten, Associate IT Director for the 92nd Street Y. "Now, more than ever before, we will be able to offer patrons a physical and technological environment of the highest quality that supports our programs."

About RCN Metro Optical Networks

RCN Metro,, is a premier provider of high-capacity transport services for carriers as well as large and medium-sized businesses. RCN Metro offers a comprehensive suite of services including: Ethernet, SONET, Wavelength, Video Transport, Internet and more. With a network leveraging unique rights-of-way, spanning from Maine to Virginia and out to Chicago, RCN Metro deploys custom solutions to service providers as well as companies in the finance, hospitality, media, government, health care and education industries. RCN Metro is a wholly owned division of RCN Corporation.

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. (RCNI-G)

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    RCN Metro Optical Networks:
    Maura Mahoney
    Vice President of Sales & Marketing

    RCN Corporation:
    Lisa Barder
    Director, Communications & PR