RCN Drives Down First Avenue


RCN Corp. and First Avenue Networks will form a strategic partnership to capitalize on the metropolitan wireless-fiber-extension market opportunity, the two companies said Tuesday.

The two parties said First Avenue will equip RCN Business Solutions -- RCN’s wholly owned but separately managed division, which provides bulk video, high-capacity broadband and voice services to business customers -- with wireless extensions of their fiber network at up to 155 megabits per second.

In return, RCN will provide First Avenue with the fiber links necessary to deliver carrier-grade backhaul service to its fixed-line and mobile-carrier customers.