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OSHEAN Selects Cox Business and Sidera Networks as RI and MA Vendors for Beacon 2.0 Project
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Construction to Begin on Fiber Optic Infrastructure Creating Dedicated Connection for Research, Health Care, Schools and Government Services

OSHEAN Selects Cox Business as RI Vendor

North Kingstown, RI March 28, 2011 - OSHEAN (pronounced Ocean) says work will begin this spring to lay an advanced, high-capacity broadband network throughout Rhode Island. This dedicated cyber-infrastructure will touch every city and town in the state (except New Shoreham) and support robust growth in the state’s emerging knowledge economy, particularly with regard to non-profit anchor institutions.

In Rhode Island, Cox Business (a division of Cox Communications) has been selected to provide OSHEAN with the 48-strand fiber network throughout the State. The new cyber-infrastructure, called Beacon 2.0, will provide a fiber backbone that will pass through 38 of the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island. To that backbone, OSHEAN will connect a wide range of hospitals, colleges, universities, community colleges, government agencies, schools and libraries.

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OSHEAN Selects Sidera Networks to Deliver High Capacity Connectivity to Colleges and Universities in Bristol County, MA

Dedicated fiber optic network will support the expansion of OSHEAN's network from Rhode Island to Massachusetts

North Kingstown, RI March 30, 2011 – OSHEAN (pronounced Ocean) today announced it has selected Sidera Networks,, to extend the OSHEAN dedicated high capacity broadband network into Bristol County, Massachusetts. This expansion will provide area colleges and universities with the dedicated fiber connectivity needed to support the growing bandwidth and speed demands of connected, dynamic campus environments.

The effort is part of a federal stimulus grant awarded to OSHEAN in September 2010, to bring high capacity networks to the schools, libraries, universities, community colleges, hospitals and government agencies of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts.

"We looked at various providers for this expansion. Sidera’s flexibility, out-of-the-box thinking and ability to respond quickly to our specific requirements made their team the ideal partner for our project,” said George Loftus, President and CEO of OSHEAN. "Our member institutions now have access to Sidera’s high-touch customer service and outstanding network expertise – exactly what these organizations need to enhance the speed and reliability of communication on their campuses and beyond.”

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