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TORONTO – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire wholesale domain name registrar Ascio Technologies from CSC®. The transaction closed yesterday.

Tucows will pay $29.44 million and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to operating cash flow. The purchase price will be funded through Tucows’ existing credit facility.


The acquisition of Ascio adds approximately 1.8 million domains under management and approximately 500 active resellers. The Ascio reseller base fits squarely with Tucows’ core customer profile — ISPs, web hosting companies and website builders serving quality businesses that reward outstanding customer service with long-term loyalty.

Ascio also expands Tucows’ product portfolio with one of the most complete offerings of country code TLDs (ccTLDs) and generic TLDs (gTLDs) in the world.

Jørgen Christensen, Managing Director of Ascio commented, “This deal is all about focus. We wanted to find a buyer who would focus on our resellers so that CSC can focus on managing brands for the biggest and best companies around the world.”

“This acquisition makes perfect sense for Ascio’s resellers, our business and our shareholders,” added David Woroch, Tucows’ Executive Vice President of Domains. “Ascio’s resellers get a customer-focused provider that is investing in its wholesale channel. Tucows gets an excellent business with a deeply experienced team, additional domain products, including more than 50 ccTLDs, and a high-quality customer base that strengthens our European presence. And our shareholders get the benefit of Tucows’ even greater scale and efficiency as the world’s largest wholesale domain registrar.”

The contribution from this transaction, based on a partial year and transaction costs, was contemplated in the 2019 guidance provided by Tucows on February 13, 2019. Pre-acquisition, the Ascio business generated approximately $4 million of annual EBITDA. Tucows is required to apply acquisition accounting to the assets and liabilities acquired, including fair valuation of the acquired deferred revenue balance, which will lower the reported Adjusted EBITDA1 contribution in the first approximately one year period following the acquisition. The acquisition is expected to provide synergies over the next 12 to 18 months which, along with the inclusion of full year financial results, is expected to generate an internal rate of return and multiple that are in line with Company benchmarks.

About Ascio
Ascio Technologies was founded in 1999, and is an accredited domain registrar under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers with approximately 1.8 million domains under management. Ascio is a part of the family of brands under CSC.

About CSC
CSC is the world’s leading provider of business, legal, tax, and digital brand services to companies around the globe. From keeping businesses in compliance and streamlining operations, to protecting and promoting brands online, CSC uses its expertise and personal approach to help businesses run smoother. CSC is the business behind business. It is the trusted partner for 90% of the Fortune 500®, more than 65% of the Best Global Brands (Interbrand®), nearly 10,000 law firms, and more than 3,000 financial organizations. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, since 1899, CSC has offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. CSC is a global company capable of doing business wherever its clients are—and it accomplishes that by employing experts in every business it serves. Learn more at https://www.cscglobal.com.

About Tucows
Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) and Enom (http://www.enom.com) manage a combined 23 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 37,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that Mapzen, an open source mapping platform focused on the core components of map display including search and navigation, is a new Linux Foundation project.

Used by organizations such as Eventbrite, Foursquare, Mapbox, The World Bank, Snapchat, HERE Technologies, and Mapillary, Mapzen provides developers with open software and wide-ranging data sets that are customizable and easy to access. Using Mapzen, developers are able to take the open data and build vibrant maps equipped with search and routing services, augment their own libraries and also process data in real-time. This is something not available from conventional, traditionally proprietary mapping or geotracking services.

Launched by mapping industry veterans in 2013 in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, and video game developers, Mapzen will continue its mission to provide an open, sustainable and accessible mapping platform.

“Mapzen is excited to join the Linux Foundation and continue our open, collaborative approach to mapping software and data,” said Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen and current CEO of StreetCred Labs. “Shared technology can be amazingly powerful, but also complex and challenging. The Linux Foundation knows how to enable collaboration across organizations and has a great reputation for hosting active, thriving software and data projects.”

Mapzen’s services have historically seen upwards of 70,000 registered users. The project portfolio, now operated in the cloud and on-premise by a wide range of organizations, includes:

  • Tangram, a 2D/3D map rendering engine, which enables interactive visualizations in web browsers and on mobile devices. Tangram has over a thousand stars on GitHub and worked together closely with Mapzen’s Tilezen vector tile platform. These high-performance mapping components have ongoing contributions from staff members at Snapchat and HERE Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Valhalla, a routing engine that can plan trips by car, bike, foot, or public transit worldwide. Valhalla offers worldwide support for public transit, when paired with data from Mapzen’s Transitland platform. These mobility projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Mapbox, Mapillary, Interline Technologies, among other organizations.
  • Pelias, a geocoding search engine, has nearly 1,500 stars on GitHub. Pelias provides forward, reverse, and other forms of geocoding against a wide range of datasets, including Mapzen’s Who’s on First gazetteer, an openly licensed gazetteer of millions of places across the world.These search and data projects have ongoing contributions from staff at Cleared for Takeoff, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Museum, and the New York City Planning Department, among others.

Developers use Mapzen’s open resources and projects to create their own applications or integrate them into other products and platforms. Mapzen’s resources are all open source, so developers are able to build platforms to their liking without the restrictions of data sets put in place by other commercial providers.

“Mapzen is a high-utility technology for developers building aesthetically pleasing maps, which are increasingly important to a wide range of businesses and government agencies. Mapzen’s open approach to software and data has allowed developers and businesses to create innovative location-based applications that have changed our lives,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation. “We look forward to extending Mapzen’s impact even further around the globe in areas like transportation and traffic management, entertainment, photography and more to create new value for companies and consumers.”

In addition to neutral governance, the Linux Foundation will align resources to advance Mapzen’s mission and grow its ecosystem of users and developers. Linux Foundation services range from helping to organize events and working groups to providing marketing support and handling IP and other legal issues as they arise.

Mapzen User Quotes:

“We’ve been using Who’s On First to help power Eventbrite’s new event discovery features since 2017,” said Simon Willison, Engineering Director at Eventbrite. “The gazetteer offers a unique geographical approach which allows us to innovate extensively with how our platform thinks about events and their locations. Mapzen is an amazing project and we’re delighted to see it joining The Linux Foundation.”

“We support Mapzen in its mission to offer open source geolocation technology for developers and organizations around the globe, and we’re happy to see that they’ve joined The Linux Foundation,” said Matt Kamen, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Foursquare. “At Foursquare, we believe that the world needs access to location tech and insights from trusted, independent platforms. Tools like those from Foursquare and Mapzen spur creativity and innovation.”

“HERE is impressed by the quality and flexibility of Mapzen tools and we are excited to see them continuing as a Linux Foundation project,” said Oliver Fink, Director at HERE XYZ. “Tangram and Tilezen are important technologies for HERE XYZ — we look forward to contributing to them and further supporting the open source mapping community.”

“At Interline, we’re proud to continue to provide professional support for many Mapzen software users in the transportation sector,” said Drew Dara-Abrams former Head of Mobility Products at Mapzen and current Principal at Interline Technologies. “Both public transit agencies and private mobility providers see great benefits to open platforms for transit data and multi-modal routing. Interline looks forward to further growing this user-base and to collaborating with others under The Linux Foundation’s umbrella.”

“We use the Mapzen toolbox every single day,” said Jon Schleuss, Data and Graphics Journalist at the Los Angeles Times. “Tangram has empowered our newsroom to make more maps faster. It has given us the ability to create amazing maps from vector data for both online and in our printed newspaper. I am excited to see the future of those tools supported by the open source community.”

“The story of Mapzen demonstrates the genius of open source software,” said Bibiana McHugh, Manager of Mobility & Location-Based Services at TriMet. “The code will continue to flourish through collaboration, community and shared resources, making it the smarter investment for government. TriMet is proud to use Pelias as part of the FTA MOD Sandbox grant project and to continue to collaborate on its development with Cleared for Takeoff.”

About Mapzen
Mapzen is an open and accessible mapping platform that focuses on the core components of geo platforms, including search, rendering, navigation, and data. Founded by map industry veterans in combination with architects, urban planners, movie makers, video game developers, artists and more, Mapzen empowers organizations of all sizes to reimagine what’s possible with cartography today. Mapzen supports the geo community through building tools and collaborating on open source mapping projects.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Dallas, TX – DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, connectivity and managed services, announced the acquisition of LightBound, an Indianapolis-based provider of colocation, Internet, voice, network and cloud services. LightBound operates two enterprise-class data centers located in the downtown Indy Telecom Center, the most densely interconnected location in the city. LightBound will add 73,000 Gross Square Feet of colocation space and 9.5MW of installed UPS power to the DataBank portfolio.

Founded in 1994, LightBound is the market leader in the Indianapolis area with a strong regional reputation for customer service and delivering secure and reliable colocation solutions. LightBound serves the leading enterprises in the Indianapolis area, with an outstanding list of clients across healthcare, government, finance, manufacturing, cloud and technology. With the acquisition of LightBound, DataBank will operate 17 data centers in 9 US markets, including Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Indianapolis.


“We are excited about expanding our presence to the Indianapolis market,” commented Raul K. Martynek, CEO of DataBank. “LightBound has built a fantastic customer service reputation in the region as a trusted infrastructure provider. We look forward to combining LightBound’s strength in colocation, connectivity and managed services with DataBank’s broad product offering and national footprint.”

“Joining DataBank is an outstanding opportunity for LightBound, its employees and customers,” said Jack Carr, CEO of LightBound. “DataBank’s customer-centric approach is the reason we choose to combine with their team and be able to expand our offering and geographic footprint.” Jack Carr will continue with DataBank and lead efforts to expand the customer base and data center portfolio in the Indianapolis market.

Cowen and Company, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to LightBound in connection with this transaction and Barnes & Thornburg, LLP acted as legal advisor. Jones Day acted as lead M&A counsel and Ernest and Young LLP served as accounting advisor to DataBank.

About LightBound
Since 1994, LightBound has been delivering IP services to clients. We are a U.S. based provider of Internet, voice, colocation, network, and IaaS cloud services. LightBound has been delivering 24x7x365 support from a staffed Network Operations Center (NOC) as a foundational component of all our services, which has helped us maintain a Net Promoter Score® among the highest in the technology industry. Our technology solutions help organizations of all sizes achieve scalability, reduce downtime, and maintain compliance. We serve both global and national organizations, and we’re fortunate to have some of the world’s best and most successful organizations as clientele. For additional information about LightBound, please visit www.lightbound.com or call (866) 206-9363

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud, and interconnection services, offering customers 100% uptime availability of data, applications and infrastructure. Databank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities. Our customized technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX. For additional information on DataBank locations and services, please visit www.databank.com or call (800) 840-7533.

About Digital Bridge Holdings
Founded in 2013 by Marc C. Ganzi and Ben Jenkins, Digital Bridge is focused on the ownership, investment and active management of companies in the mobile and internet infrastructure sector. Since inception, Digital Bridge has raised more than $7.5 billion of debt and equity capital used to acquire and invest in the development of communications infrastructure businesses, including DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, ExteNet, Vertical Bridge, Andean Tower Partners, and Mexico Tower Partners.

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Washington, D.C. – Any business collecting, storing, processing, or otherwise handling data containing personally identifiable information on European Union citizens needs to plan for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect May 25, 2018.

Open-i Advisors’ new GDPR preparation service makes it easy and affordable to assess how web hosting and cloud computing providers collect, store, and use customer data. Our data consultants are experts on mapping the way your organization uses data, finding possible risks, and determining what steps you can take to mitigate risks. You’ll be presented with a document that can be either assessed by our partner lawyers or your own legal team.


We work with you to create a report that includes:
• A summary of risk points
• A map of data flows by department
• A list of suppliers and other third parties with whom the client may share data (or who may share data with the client) with their GDPR statements included as relevant
• A list of all found public privacy or disclosure statements, ready for review

“By working with Open-i Advisors, you can save time and money by packaging up everything you will need to hand off to legal counsel so that they can address your needs in as low cost a manner as possible,” says Open-i Advisors Co-Founder Christian Dawson. “Our legal partners are experts on GDPR compliance, so if you’re looking for a holistic solution we can provide that as well”.

GDPR preparation from Open-i Advisors provides data expertise when you need it, with a data-consultant led discovery process, to analyze how data is used across your organization. Our process is straightforward and simple:

Initial Compliance Check: We speak with key people at your company to assess your data privacy risks and measure your current privacy controls against the GDPR.

Data Discovery – Internal: An extensive register of your organization’s current data processing activities will be produced, along with a comprehensive visualization of the organizational data life-cycle in its entirety.

Data Discovery – External: Open-i Advisors will do a public search of statements made by your organization, including privacy policy, email submission forms, white paper submission forms, client sign-up forms, etc.

Final Compliance Check: Open-i Advisors will highlight areas of anticipated concern to consider business process changes where necessary, and to discuss with legal counsel.

This GDPR preparation service is offered for a reasonable hourly fee, which will result in a low cost for your company to gain all the insights you need to identify internal changes needed by your organization.

Find out more about GDPR Preparation for Hosting & Cloud Companies here: http://openiadvisors.com/consultancy/gdpr-preparatory-consulting/

About Open-i Advisors
Open-i Advisors is a consulting company focused on Internet-related industries. Its hands-on approach helps organizations manage their customer data and determine their optimum market focus using next-generation industry segment data gathering and analysis. Open-i Advisors industry-expert consultants offer their experience and leverage a process that includes the power of quantitative data to better understand and actualize client goals. For more information, please visit www.openiadvisors.com.

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Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, announces today that its Founder and President, Garry Connolly, will speak at CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit, taking place 5 April, in New York.

Mr. Connolly, in addition to providing leadership at the award-winning Host in Ireland initiative, has also been recognised as one of the top 50 EMEA Influencers in Cloud and Data Centers 2017 by Data Economy, and was runner up in the 2017 DCS Awards’ ‘Data Center Individual of Year’ category’.

During the panel session, “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR,” Mr. Connolly will join other data center and financial investment leaders to discuss recent data center development in Europe as well as the impact of Brexit and the data privacy obligations that multinational organisations face as a result of the implementation of the GDPR.

WHAT:
• Panel: “The Impact of Europe: Data Center Demand-Supply and Forecasting the Factors at Play Across the Pond, Including: Brexit and GDPR”

WHERE:
• CAPRE’s Greater New York Data Center Summit
• New York

WHEN:
• Thursday, 5 April 2018
• 1:00 p.m.

WHO:
Panelists include:
• Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland, Co-Chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition
• Svein Atle Hagaseth, Senior Vice President North America, Green Mountain Data Center, Ltd.
• Eric Crabtree, Chief Investment Officer of International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
• Melvin Greer, Chief Data Scientist, Public Sector, Intel Corporation
• Drew Leonard, Senior Vice President, UpStack
• Jason Ó Conaill, International Partner, Infinity SDC
• Moderator: Donough Roche, Owner & Principal, Datacentrs Inc.

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through its pro-business approach, attractive corporate tax and fiscal structures, common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, financial support for data center energy efficiency, and access to a skilled native English-speaking workforce – ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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PHOENIX – Namecheap, a top domain registrar and web hosting company, continues its long-term commitment to supporting Internet Freedom with its 6thAnnual Move Your Domain Day. Beginning March 6 at 12 a.m. EST, for 24 hours Namecheap will offer domain transfers for only $3.98. The special deeply discounted transfer deal will also include a free year of of private email and SSL. Additionally, for each transfer Namecheap will donate up to $1.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a leading organization that works to protect online freedom and digital civil rights.

“Our passion and dedication to Internet neutrality and freedom cannot be overstated. Namecheap’s long-term commitment to these principles dates back to the founding of the company. Our pledge to stand with organizations such as EFF, in their fight to keep the Internet open and free, is the reason why Move Your Domain Day is such an important initiative for Namecheap,” said Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap CEO.


“EFF is grateful for the support from Namecheap’s Move Your Domain Day. We’re fighting to protect online innovation and creativity. With the help of supporters across the web, we will continue standing up for Internet users in the courts, in Congress, and around the world,” – Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at EFF.

Since 2011 the annual event that calls on customers to transfer their domains to Namecheap at deeply discounted prices, and in support of Internet freedom, has raised more than $350,000.

About Move Your Domain Day
Move Your Domain Day started in 2011 as an online movement and response to the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill many felt threatened people’s right to privacy, anti-censorship and a free and open Internet. Sensing a need to mobilize the community, Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall launched the first ever Move Your Domain Day. Seven years later, Namecheap has used its platform to raise awareness about other dangerous bills like the Protect IP Act (PIPA) as well as the continued battle to save Net Neutrality.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With close to 9 million domains now under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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