FirstLight provides fiber optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, voice services and Advanced Technologies to enterprise & carrier customers in the Northeast.

Quick Facts:

  • Founded in 1999
  • Fiber Miles: ~415,000
  • Lit Locations: ~4,400 on-net and ~27,000 within close proximity
  • Exclusively owns and operates a fiber optic network and operates 10 data center/colocation facilities with 120,000 square feet

FirstLight History


Tech Valley Communications (TVC) is founded to provide high quality, fiber-based communications services to customers throughout the Capital Region.


TVC acquired GFC Communications. This transaction enhanced our suite of voice services and added a number of colleges and universities to our customer roster.


TVC merges with Mid-Hudson Communications. This transaction provided additional fiber network throughout New York’s Capital region and the transaction enhanced our switching infrastructure.


Riverside Partners acquired TVC, which provided TVC the necessary resources and support required to propel the organization’s growth.


Tech Valley Communications acquired segTEL. This transaction added a fiber network in New Hampshire, Maine and into Vermont as well as a wholesale customer base.


TVC acquired Vermont-based TelJet’s assets. This transaction added a dense fiber footprint throughout Vermont, a colocation facility in Burlington, VT, connectivity to New York City, Boston and an international presence in Montreal. The company becomes FirstLight Fiber.


FirstLight acquired New Hampshire-based G4 Communications’ assets. This transaction added an impressive roster of customers and a colocation facility in Manchester, NH.


FirstLight expands its fiber network into New York, adding more than 35,000 fiber miles in Westchester, Orange and Rockland counties. Also in 2016, FirstLight was acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners. This acquisition will further accelerate Company’s growth. Oak Hill subsequently announces its intention to acquire Oxford Networks and Sovernet Communications. Upon the closing of both these transactions, they will be combined with FirstLight.


FirstLight successfully combined operations with Oxford Networks and Sovernet Communications, and Oxford, Sovernet and ION Communications are now consolidated under the FirstLight brand. FirstLight also acquired Finger Lakes Technologies Group (“FLTG”), a subsidiary of Trumansburg Telephone Company (TTC) operating in New York and Pennsylvania; and 186 Communications, a high-capacity fiber network provider operating in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. The FirstLight network grew considerably, expanding to connecting nearly 8,000 locations in service with more than 25,000 locations serviceable by its 14,000 route mile network.


In July 2018, FirstLight became a portfolio company of Antin Infrastructure Partners.


Acquired Maine Fiber Company for an undisclosed sum.

FirstLight Fiber  Logo
41 State Street, Albany, NY 12207
Year Founded:

Kurt Van Wagenen



Retail Colocation (Cabinets, Cages, RU)
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FirstLight Fiber Locations

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FirstLight Manchester
77 Sundial in Manchester
New Hampshire
Located in New Hampshire
  • 14,000 Gross SqFt
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FirstLight Brunswick
14 Resilient Circle
Brunswick, ME 04011
Located in Maine
  • 8,500 Gross SqFt
  • 52,000 Building SqFt
Firstlight Albany
41 State St
Albany, NY 12207
Located in Albany
Firstlight Bangor
60 Summer St
Bangor, ME 04401
Located in Maine
Firstlight Portsmouth
359 Corporate Dr
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Located in Maine
FirstLight Portland ME
Located in Maine
FirstLight Keene
310 Marlboro Street
Keene, NH 03431
Located in New Hampshire
FirstLight Lebanon
16 Cavendish Court
Lebanon, NH 03766
Located in New Hampshire
FirstLight Romulus (Seneca Army Depot)
4902 McGrane Rd
Romulus, NY 14541
Located in Rochester
FirstLight Burlington
45 Krupp Dr
Williston, VT 05495
Located in Burlington


May 2019

FirstLight corporate overview

May 2019

Cloud Connectivity overview:
■ Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute – FirstLight can provide direct Ethernet access to the
Azure ExpressRoute.
■ Microsoft Office365 – Talk to us about the optimal way to connect to your 0365 environment
■ Amazon AWS – Talk to us about how to leverage FirstLight’s network to connect to your
AWS environment
■ Other Cloud Providers – With multiple public and private peering points and NNIs throughout our
expansive footprint, FirstLight can help connect you to the cloud provider of your choice
■ The FirstLight Cloud – FirstLight can provide direct access to its own cloud service

April 2019

Trouble Escalation Process


Cabinet Row at FirstLight Fiber in Manchester NH
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310 Marlboro St in Keene
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Dartmouth Regional Technology Center
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FirstLight at 41 State Street in Albany
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