US Signal Announces Completion of Major Illinois Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2011

CONTACTS:

Barbara Boshoven, VP of Corporate Affairs, bboshoven@ussignalcom.com, 616-988-7000

Christine Hoek, christine@articulate-pr.com, 616.662.9241

Expansion responds to customer demand.

US Signal Announces Completion of Major Illinois Expansion

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — US Signal today announced that the expansion of its long-haul fiber network into Southern and Central, Ill., St. Louis, Mo. and Southern Indiana is complete. A leading data service provider in the Midwest, US Signal has been a pioneer of connectivity for more than a decade.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of our Southern Illinois expansion,” said Stephen Oyer, US Signal’s co-chief operations officer. “Expanding our fiber routes throughout our footprint is critical to US Signal’s strategy of responding to customer demand.”

This expansion will add approximately 1,000 miles of long-haul fiber to the US Signal network. The expansion is part of US Signal’s commitment to being the most dependable, flexible, and reliable provider of data bandwidth in the Midwest. As the nature of the work environment evolves to embrace mobility, US Signal’s expanded presence allows its customers to remain connected and have access to the information they need when they need it, using the stable network provided by US Signal.

The expansion includes central offices in the cities listed below:

· Bloomington, Ill. (BLTNILXD)

· Peoria, Ill. (PEORILPJ)

· Springfield, Ill. (SPFDILES)

· Mattoon, Ill. (MTONILXC)

· Centralia, Ill. (CENLILCE)

· St. Louis, Mo. (STLSMO01 and STLSMOZC)

· Terre Haute, Ind. (TRRHINXA)

US Signal/Expansion

“This expansion is a key component to US Signal’s philosophy of connecting key markets with advanced data transport services,” says Kirk Dombek, director of business development. “The newly completed long haul routes enable US Signal to deliver advanced products like Virtual Ethernet Service, which provides access to a fully meshed, scalable and reliable network to support any data bandwidth providing a multitude of options for our customers.”

According to Dombek, “The value of Ethernet for businesses is the ability to mix and match any of the available Ethernet access types not only in metro areas, but also across the entire US Signal footprint. Virtual Ethernet Service reduces the complexity of a customer’s network configuration and, therefore, interface costs are greatly reduced and multiple access types are offered.”

US Signal’s network now includes more than 9000 route miles of long-haul fiber and more than 1100 miles of fiber optic metro rings in 23 markets connecting regions in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. The US Signal network provides on-off ramps comprised of major carrier hotel locations, incumbent telephone company central offices and other lit buildings.

About US Signal

The US Signal network, one of the largest in the Midwest, includes more than 1100 route miles of fiber optic metro rings in 23 markets and over 9,000 route miles of long-haul fiber connecting more than 150 on-off ramps, comprising major carrier hotel locations, incumbent telephone company central offices and other lit buildings.

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