FirstLight Selected by NEPA to Bolster RWAN Installation in Pennsylvania

FirstLight was selected by the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Wide Area Network to provide internet, ethernet transport and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation services.

This fiber-optic data, internet, data center, cloud and voice services provider was awarded a competitive bid to provide NEPA’s Regional Wide Area Network (RWAN), which will connect 27 school districts across northeastern Pennsylvania, serving as a gateway for students and teachers to interact, access the internet, deliver assignments and conduct research.

FirstLight will specifically focus on fiber connectivity for each distribution, with multiple 10Gbps Ethernet connections allowing various locations to connect to the network via its Archbald, P.A. hub.

“We’re delighted that Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 selected FirstLight to connect their 17 locations to our network,” said Doug Derstine, the COO of FirstLight. “We take connectivity to schools very seriously, as Internet is perhaps the most important conduit for learning that exists today. When a school selects our network and services, in a sense, they entrust us with the education of their students and the safe accessibility of research and knowledge. That’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly.”

FirstLight also made other recent investments in Pennsylvania, including expanding its network to serve eastern Pennsylvania and revealing plans to acquire the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) network, expanding its presence across the state.