FirstLight, a leading provider of digital infrastructure services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, is on track to complete the construction of over 1,700 route miles of fiber in New York this year. FirstLight’s low-latency, carrier grade fiber network spans the state from Buffalo to Albany, and from the Hudson Valley to Plattsburgh.

In addition to the over 1,200 route miles FirstLight has already constructed this year, the company also established an impressive 8,000 route miles in New York prior to 2022, continuing its commitment to its expansion goals in the Empire State. As part of this commitment, FirstLight has built 1,280 route miles year-to-date, and has plans for an additional 480 route miles constructed by year end. 

FristLight has always prioritized delivering an extensive and reliable portfolio of products and services to wireless and wireline carriers, manufacturers, retailers and government entities. In addition, the digital infrastructure service provider has focused on some of the most well-known higher education, financial, and healthcare institutions in the state since 1999.

Kurt Van Wagenen, Chief Executive Officer for FirstLight, knows just how integral New York is to the company’s network geography. “Since FirstLight’s inception in 1999, the focus has been to design a robust and reliable fiber-optic network in New York and our mission remains the same. As we grow throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, it is important that we continue to expand our capabilities as well as extend our network reach to best serve our long standing customers,” said Van Wagenen.

FirstLight has two data center locations in New York offering secure cloud and colocation services, both a testament to the company’s high speed, low latency fiber network. Additionally, over 50% of FirstLight employees live and work in New York, so its network and complementing solutions are backed by local, responsive support.

The company has positioned itself to provide its services to countless organizations across the Empire State, as well as reach many unserved and underserved communities in rural parts of the state. As part of FirstLight’s Corporate Sponsorship Program, the organization supports several nonprofit organizations in New York, including the Firefighters Association of the State of New York, Albany Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Lifetime Assistance.