Focal Communications Offers High-Speed Internet Access Service in Boston With the Focal Internet eXchange

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Focal Communications Corporation

    BOSTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Focal
 Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: FCOM), a leading national broadband
 services provider, today announced that it is offering the Focal Internet
 eXchange in Boston.  The Focal Internet eXchange will provide Boston area
 businesses, Internet service, content and application service providers with
 the best performing and most reliable Internet access.  This brings the total
 number of markets with Focal Internet eXchange service to 12.
     Since 1999, Focal has been providing premiere voice and data
 communications services to communications-intensive users in Boston.  "The
 Focal Internet eXchange allows us to meet the increasing bandwidth demands of
 our customers, while providing the best performing and most reliable Internet
 access," said Rich McGrath, general manager of Focal Boston.
     The Focal Internet eXchange allows Boston area customers to bypass
 Internet bottlenecks by offering direct access to multiple global backbone
 providers -- bringing Focal closer to its goal of making Internet access
 service as reliable as dial-tone service.  It also offers colocation space to
 Internet content and application providers who want to reach Internet users at
 the point closest to the edge of the network.
     The Focal Internet eXchange consists of a state-of-the-art high-speed
 switch and router infrastructure that exists inside the Focal Boston switch
 facility. This configuration allows Focal to provide three core services to
 its customers:
 
     -- Managed Internet Access: Customers have continuous access to multiple
        Tier 1 backbone providers through Focal's high-speed architecture,
        providing all the benefits of maximized Internet performance and added
        redundancy.
 
     -- EdgeLocation: Customers' content and applications will be delivered
        quickly and reliably by maintaining networking equipment in Focal's
        secure facilities where the end user interfaces with the Internet.
 
     -- Private Peering: Customers may peer to exchange traffic in Focal's
        high-speed, non-congested environment.
 
     Robert J. Rich, executive vice president of Yankee Group said, "Focal's
 Internet eXchange is designed to meet the increased bandwidth demands being
 placed on the Internet.  By exchanging Internet traffic at the edge of the
 network and providing better performance by efficiently routing traffic to its
 destination, this new service should provide improved Internet performance for
 Focal's customers."
 
     About Focal
     Focal Communications Corporation ( www.focal.com ) is a rapidly growing
 national broadband communications provider.  Headquartered in Chicago, Focal
 offers innovative voice, data and Internet infrastructure services to large
 corporations, Internet service, content and application service providers, and
 value-added resellers across the United States. Focal currently serves 21
 major metropolitan markets and has announced plans to deploy services in a
 total of 24 markets, encompassing 56 metropolitan statistical areas
 nationwide.  Focal's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market
 under the symbol FCOM.
 
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SOURCE Focal Communications Corporation
    BOSTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Focal
 Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: FCOM), a leading national broadband
 services provider, today announced that it is offering the Focal Internet
 eXchange in Boston.  The Focal Internet eXchange will provide Boston area
 businesses, Internet service, content and application service providers with
 the best performing and most reliable Internet access.  This brings the total
 number of markets with Focal Internet eXchange service to 12.
     Since 1999, Focal has been providing premiere voice and data
 communications services to communications-intensive users in Boston.  "The
 Focal Internet eXchange allows us to meet the increasing bandwidth demands of
 our customers, while providing the best performing and most reliable Internet
 access," said Rich McGrath, general manager of Focal Boston.
     The Focal Internet eXchange allows Boston area customers to bypass
 Internet bottlenecks by offering direct access to multiple global backbone
 providers -- bringing Focal closer to its goal of making Internet access
 service as reliable as dial-tone service.  It also offers colocation space to
 Internet content and application providers who want to reach Internet users at
 the point closest to the edge of the network.
     The Focal Internet eXchange consists of a state-of-the-art high-speed
 switch and router infrastructure that exists inside the Focal Boston switch
 facility. This configuration allows Focal to provide three core services to
 its customers:
 
     -- Managed Internet Access: Customers have continuous access to multiple
        Tier 1 backbone providers through Focal's high-speed architecture,
        providing all the benefits of maximized Internet performance and added
        redundancy.
 
     -- EdgeLocation: Customers' content and applications will be delivered
        quickly and reliably by maintaining networking equipment in Focal's
        secure facilities where the end user interfaces with the Internet.
 
     -- Private Peering: Customers may peer to exchange traffic in Focal's
        high-speed, non-congested environment.
 
     Robert J. Rich, executive vice president of Yankee Group said, "Focal's
 Internet eXchange is designed to meet the increased bandwidth demands being
 placed on the Internet.  By exchanging Internet traffic at the edge of the
 network and providing better performance by efficiently routing traffic to its
 destination, this new service should provide improved Internet performance for
 Focal's customers."
 
     About Focal
     Focal Communications Corporation ( www.focal.com ) is a rapidly growing
 national broadband communications provider.  Headquartered in Chicago, Focal
 offers innovative voice, data and Internet infrastructure services to large
 corporations, Internet service, content and application service providers, and
 value-added resellers across the United States. Focal currently serves 21
 major metropolitan markets and has announced plans to deploy services in a
 total of 24 markets, encompassing 56 metropolitan statistical areas
 nationwide.  Focal's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market
 under the symbol FCOM.
 
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