- Communications Provider
Lightower Fiber Networks, founded in 2006, is a provider of telecommunications and IT services.
The company's network spans the Northeast United States including Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC, and New Hampshire. Additionally Lightower offers service in both Toronto and London. The network comprises over 30,000 route miles of fiber.
Lightower’s products include network and video transport, alternative access, nationwide long haul services, dark fiber, Ethernet, and cloud computing services. Lighter has built out access to over 15,000 service locations throughout the Northeast, including 250+ data centers and 5,000+ wireless towers.
Customers include Fortune 500 businesses, enterprise, carriers, financial services, media, healthcare, education, and government.
The company was acquired by Berkshire Partners in December 2012 when it also acquired Sidera Networks and announced plans to merge them under the Lightower brand. Its previous owners were M/C Partners and Pamlico Capital (the investing unit of Wachovia before its takeover by Wells Fargo. Those two companies had bought it from National Grid in 2007.