FirstLight Expands U.S. Northeast Fiber Footprint by Acquiring BestWeb

FirstLight, a provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud computing and unified communications services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BestWeb. This transaction would enhance FirstLight’s capabilities in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties and deepen its existing fiber network throughout the lower Hudson Valley.

Headquartered in Albany, New York, FirstLight provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast connecting more than 9,000 locations in service with more than 30,000 locations serviceable by our more than 20,000-route mile network.

Kurt Van Wagenen
“The BestWeb acquisition adds approximately 170 route miles of fiber and builds upon our collective success serving K-12 schools under the federal e-rate program,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight.

The acquisition of BestWeb would deepen FirstLight’s fiber footprint in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.

“BestWeb is an ideal match for FirstLight,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight. “The organizations have worked together for many years, and in fact, BestWeb currently leverages FirstLight’s fiber network to help serve its clients. The acquisition will deepen our fiber footprint in this region by adding approximately 170 route miles of fiber and builds upon our collective success serving K-12 schools under the federal e-rate program.”

 

Antin Infrastructure Partners

This is the sixth transaction that privately held FirstLight has announced since being acquired by Antin Infrastructure Partners in 2018. Antin provides the support and guidance necessary to support FirstLight’s impressive growth.

“This is a positive development for BestWeb, its employees and clients,” said Mark and Andrew Dickey, the co-owners of BestWeb. “The companies have complementary services and are both focused on providing high quality support to clients.  Now as part of FirstLight, we have a broader service portfolio and enhanced capabilities to continue to support the needs of our clients.”