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June 23, 2009 08:00 ET

XO Communications Recognized by CIO Magazine as a CIO 100 Award Honoree

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO), a leading provider of advanced communications solutions for businesses and carriers, announced today that it has been named a recipient of the 2009 CIO 100 by IDG's CIO magazine. Now in its 22nd year, the annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

XO Communications was honored for designing and launching the telecommunications industry's first-ever bandwidth-based pricing system. This innovative pricing system enables XO Communications to charge its customers based solely on bandwidth requirements and eliminates pricing based on the number of voice lines. By removing the complexity of buying IP products, bandwidth-based pricing enabled XO's business services customers to gain access to a more simplified pricing structure, as well as transition to a converged IP platform in a more efficient and accessible way.

"Being recognized as a CIO 100 award honoree speaks to XO's commitment to creating and implementing innovative IT solutions that enable our company to drive growth and enhance the XO customer experience," said Rob Geller, chief information officer of XO Communications. "As a leader in IP-based communications, we're continually striving to make our offerings and services accessible and cost-effective for our customers, and broadband-based pricing achieves both of these objectives."

XO Communications' groundbreaking bandwidth-based pricing system was one part of the company's overall XO IT-IP Transformation Project, a strategic business initiative focused on shifting its TDM customers to an IP-based communications platform. This transformation necessitated new IT systems and procedures through which XO's IP services could be developed, ordered, provisioned, billed and supported in the 75 metropolitan markets where XO operates.

"This year's CIO 100 awards draws well-deserved attention to companies that are both innovating and creating business value with IT despite the economic downturn, " said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. "These winners are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."

The 2009 CIO 100 awards will be presented at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 25 at the conclusion of the eleventh annual CIO 100 Symposium® and Awards Ceremony.

About the CIO 100

The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative practices in both business and IT. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award.

Complete coverage of the 2009 CIO 100 awards will be on on June 1, 2009 and in the August 1st issue of CIO magazine.

About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit

About CIO Magazine

CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as create opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including three Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO websites and magazines appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO, and sister brand CSO, are produced by CXO Media a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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