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Sunesys Awarded the CENIC 2017 Innovations in Networking Award for Corporate Partnership

In recognition of their work to provide high speed, cost-effective network connections for CENIC and its members, and their efforts in collaboration with CENIC and UCSC, to develop a successful application for California Advanced Services Funding to construct new fiber in the Salinas Valley, CENIC has selected Sunesys, a Crown Castle Company, and Alan Katz, Vice President who, along with his team, led these efforts, as the recipients of the 2017 Innovations in Networking Award for Corporate Partnership.

Thanks to the commitment of the Sunesys team and their understanding of the importance of high-speed broadband for the research and education communities in California, Sunesys and CENIC have been able to move forward on numerous initiatives in support of these communities. Their responsiveness to K-12 Requests for Proposals has enabled CENIC to serve some of the hardest to reach schools in California.

The successful application for California Advanced Services Funding and the construction of new fiber in the Salinas Valley, scheduled for completion at the end of March, will provide enhanced connectivity for two CENIC member institutions: UC Santa Cruz and the Hartnell College. As important, this connectivity enables local ISPs with the capacity to provide Internet services to underserved areas in the Salinas Valley, which in turn, helps communities that have not had adequate (or any) Internet services, as well as CENIC constituents, particularly K-12 students in their schools and in their homes.

“The Sunesys fiber project from Southern Santa Cruz County down through Salinas Valley of Monterey, will provide improved and affordable Internet to underserved areas in Monterey County, as well as CENIC constituents in this region,” said Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC. “It is a powerful example of rich collaboration among a private sector company, the California Public Utility Commission’s Advanced Services Fund, which provided a significant subsidy, CENIC, and the communities touched by this project.”

In previous years, Sunesys also assisted CENIC in serving California State Universities – in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Marcos, and Pomona – as they built new fiber routes in these areas. Lastly, the Sunesys – CENIC collaboration has been a model for how the CENIC community can work with other, similar companies who build infrastructure for California’s communities.

About CENIC • www.cenic.org

CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. The nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and others at vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, the Naval Postgraduate School and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

About Sunesys • sunesys.com

Sunesys is a leading provider of premium bandwidth services and private fiber optic networks. We own, operate, and maintain our own high density fiber optic network in major metropolitan areas across more than 30 states in the U.S. Sunesys offers a comprehensive suite of tailored, high capacity, facilities-based network services coupled with superior industry expertise, service, and support. Sunesys is a subsidiary of Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE: CCI). Crown Castle provides wireless carriers with the infrastructure they need to keep people connected and businesses running. With approximately 40,000 towers and 15,000 small cell nodes supported by approximately 16,000 miles of fiber, Crown Castle is the nation's largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure with a significant presence in the top 100 U.S. markets.

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