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Virginia Tech
Groundwork laid for eDan - City Goes Fiber Optic with Active Ethernet Solution
Taken from World Wide Packets External Site
Written By World Wide Packets
February 10, 2004

Spokane, WA and Danville, VA, February 10, 2004—World Wide Packets, the leading provider of Ethernet Access networking solutions, today announced that its LightningEdge™ suite has been selected for deployment by the City of Danville, Virginia to provide access to a fiber optic network serving 100 local government, public school and utility locations throughout the City. The current deployment is capable of growing into a network to ultimately serve over 50,000 residents and 8,000 businesses.

“The network will also connect into Virginia Tech's eCorridors as that project is deployed. By covering an entire geographic region with a fiber optic network, eCorridors creates a compelling competitive advantage for communities. The network is supported by Danville Power & Light, which is responsible for installing the fiber optic cable network.

"This effort is the beginning of a plan that has the power to change the way we work, play and live," said Paul Kalv, Director, of DP&L. "It will provide our local school system with new technology tools and attract new companies, bringing with them new jobs and diversifying our economic base. This is all enabled by the World Wide Packets' LightningEdge system, which has exceeded our expectations with its ability to quickly scale and reliably and economically deliver the services we need today as well as into the future."

Danville is phasing in the World Wide Packets' Active Ethernet solution systematically. The city council has already approved the first phase. The second and third phases are under study to extend the network to business and residential customers.

"Danville has shown tremendous vision in using technology to reshape the community," said Dave Curry, president and CEO of World Wide Packets. "Extending a network of this speed and capability to residents and businesses will usher in a democratization of communication for everyone with a connection. World Wide Packets is pleased to partner with Danville Power & Light to provide unrestricted access to one of the world's most advanced networks."

About World Wide Packets
Based in Spokane, WA, World Wide Packets LightningEdge™ Ethernet service delivery access network solution enables delivery of simultaneous telephony, business and entertainment video, broadband data, and Internet access services, to any combination of business and residential subscribers, using Ethernet over fiber and copper medium. By bringing together the limitless bandwidth capabilities of a fiber infrastructure with the affordability and proven performance of Ethernet, these networks eliminate the constant bandwidth challenges now facing network operators. World Wide Packets is a privately held corporation, and a recognized pioneer of Ethernet geographic network solutions. For more information on World Wide Packets, please visit www.worldwidepackets.com.

Access Brilliance, Ethernet to the Subscriber, ETTS, Fiber to the Subscriber, FTTS, LightningEdge, World Wide Packets and the World Wide Packets logo are trademarks of World Wide Packets Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Danville Power & Light
Danville Power & Light (DP&L) is the electric utility owned and operated by the City of Danville since 1886 located in central southern Virginia bordering the State of North Carolina. The City has a population of approximately 50,000 residents and provides a broad range of services to residents and businesses, ranging from traditional public safety and public works services to the operation of full service electric, natural gas, water and wastewater utilities. DP&L serves approximately 50,000 customers in a 500 square mile service territory covering portions of a three county area.

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