FPL FiberNet to Supply Dark Fiber to Sphera Optical Networks, Inc.

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from FPL FiberNet, LLC

    MIAMI, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- FPL FiberNet today announced the signing
 of an agreement to provide dark fiber for Sphera Optical Networks, Inc. in
 South Florida.  The company will supply multiple strands of dark fiber in the
 metro Miami ring.
     Harold Grossnickle, Chairman and CEO of Sphera Optical Networks, Inc.,
 said, "Sphera is now positioned for virtually unlimited network growth in the
 South Florida market due to FPL FiberNet's ability to deliver high quality,
 dark fiber with the fastest transmission speeds available as well as their
 presence in major carrier condos."
     Dark fiber is unused fiber through which no light or signals are passing.
 Companies purchasing dark fiber must deploy their own electronics and signal
 equipment in order to "light the fiber" and make it usable on their network.
     FPL FiberNet, headquartered in Miami, operates a 2,300-mile-long fiber
 optic network linking the major cities within Florida.  FPL FiberNet has
 installed 120 miles of fiber cable in metropolitan Miami and by year-end 2001
 will have completed similar intra-city networks in the largest metropolitan
 areas -- encompassing more than 150 municipalities --- in the state.
     "We are pleased to offer our customer, Sphera Optical Networks, innovative
 solutions for their growing needs in South Florida.  We look forward to
 serving them in the future at additional sites," said Larry Spear, vice
 president of sales and marketing for FPL FiberNet.
 
     ABOUT SPHERA
     Sphera Optical Networks, headquartered in New York City, is a first-to-
 market, all-optical, metropolitan network infrastructure provider of high
 capacity bandwidth using the latest DWDM technology.  Providing customers with
 high capacity bandwidth on demand, Sphera sets a new industry standard for
 performance and efficiency by creating an environment of reduced provisioning
 intervals, expanded network reach, protocol independence, reliability and
 advanced network management capabilities for carriers, ISPs, ASPs and
 worldwide service providers.   For additional information, visit the Sphera
 web site www.spheranetworks.com.
 
     ABOUT FPL FIBERNET
     FPL FiberNet is a leading provider of world-class fiber-optic network
 solutions in Florida.  The company provides connectivity to major telecom
 centers in the state, including leading carrier hotels, network access point
 (NAP) initiatives, international cable-heads and large central offices.  FPL
 FiberNet provides dark fiber and bandwidth on its fiber-optic network in most
 metropolitan cities throughout Florida.  Through multiple interconnection and
 partnership agreements, the network spans 8,600 miles throughout the
 Southeast.  The company has recently completed fiber-optic networks in
 Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa as part of an aggressive schedule to bring
 metro networks to major cities throughout Florida.
     FPL FiberNet, LLC, is the telecommunications subsidiary of FPL Group,
 Inc., (NYSE:   FPL), one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-
 related services with annual revenues of more than $7 billion.  Florida Power
 & Light Company, with approximately 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida,
 is FPL Group's principal subsidiary.
     FPL Energy, LLC, is FPL Group's energy-generating subsidiary and a leader
 in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels.  Additional
 information about FPL FiberNet is available on the Internet at
 www.fplfibernet.com.
 
 

SOURCE FPL FiberNet, LLC
    MIAMI, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- FPL FiberNet today announced the signing
 of an agreement to provide dark fiber for Sphera Optical Networks, Inc. in
 South Florida.  The company will supply multiple strands of dark fiber in the
 metro Miami ring.
     Harold Grossnickle, Chairman and CEO of Sphera Optical Networks, Inc.,
 said, "Sphera is now positioned for virtually unlimited network growth in the
 South Florida market due to FPL FiberNet's ability to deliver high quality,
 dark fiber with the fastest transmission speeds available as well as their
 presence in major carrier condos."
     Dark fiber is unused fiber through which no light or signals are passing.
 Companies purchasing dark fiber must deploy their own electronics and signal
 equipment in order to "light the fiber" and make it usable on their network.
     FPL FiberNet, headquartered in Miami, operates a 2,300-mile-long fiber
 optic network linking the major cities within Florida.  FPL FiberNet has
 installed 120 miles of fiber cable in metropolitan Miami and by year-end 2001
 will have completed similar intra-city networks in the largest metropolitan
 areas -- encompassing more than 150 municipalities --- in the state.
     "We are pleased to offer our customer, Sphera Optical Networks, innovative
 solutions for their growing needs in South Florida.  We look forward to
 serving them in the future at additional sites," said Larry Spear, vice
 president of sales and marketing for FPL FiberNet.
 
     ABOUT SPHERA
     Sphera Optical Networks, headquartered in New York City, is a first-to-
 market, all-optical, metropolitan network infrastructure provider of high
 capacity bandwidth using the latest DWDM technology.  Providing customers with
 high capacity bandwidth on demand, Sphera sets a new industry standard for
 performance and efficiency by creating an environment of reduced provisioning
 intervals, expanded network reach, protocol independence, reliability and
 advanced network management capabilities for carriers, ISPs, ASPs and
 worldwide service providers.   For additional information, visit the Sphera
 web site www.spheranetworks.com.
 
     ABOUT FPL FIBERNET
     FPL FiberNet is a leading provider of world-class fiber-optic network
 solutions in Florida.  The company provides connectivity to major telecom
 centers in the state, including leading carrier hotels, network access point
 (NAP) initiatives, international cable-heads and large central offices.  FPL
 FiberNet provides dark fiber and bandwidth on its fiber-optic network in most
 metropolitan cities throughout Florida.  Through multiple interconnection and
 partnership agreements, the network spans 8,600 miles throughout the
 Southeast.  The company has recently completed fiber-optic networks in
 Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa as part of an aggressive schedule to bring
 metro networks to major cities throughout Florida.
     FPL FiberNet, LLC, is the telecommunications subsidiary of FPL Group,
 Inc., (NYSE:   FPL), one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-
 related services with annual revenues of more than $7 billion.  Florida Power
 & Light Company, with approximately 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida,
 is FPL Group's principal subsidiary.
     FPL Energy, LLC, is FPL Group's energy-generating subsidiary and a leader
 in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels.  Additional
 information about FPL FiberNet is available on the Internet at
 www.fplfibernet.com.
 
 SOURCE  FPL FiberNet, LLC

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