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Charlotte, NC – Segra, one of the largest fiber infrastructure bandwidth companies in the Eastern U.S., today announced it has acquired NorthState, a provider of high-speed bandwidth services in the fast-growing Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The acquisition expands Segra’s fiber network by nearly 3,000 miles and brings Segra’s industry-leading service and an enhanced product offering to NorthState’s customers.

“The Segra team will build on NorthState’s success by focusing on serving the customer first,” stated Tim Biltz, chief executive officer of Segra. “The acquisition furthers the delivery of a robust set of products, an expanded state-of-the-art fiber network, and a superior service experience to all customers throughout our expanded service area.”


During an extraordinary time when communication services and reliable connections are more critical than ever, the scale, reliability and strength of Segra’s fiber network and operations allow it to meet the data, voice and connectivity needs of customers of all sizes.

The close of the transaction also marks the transition of Royster Tucker III from his longtime position as NorthState’s president and CEO. “We’re all grateful to Royster for his leadership,” Biltz continued. “His commitment to his company’s customers, employees and shareholders created a great company.”

“I have the utmost respect for Segra’s leadership and for the exceptional reputation they have earned in our industry,” said Tucker. “As we transition our company, I have complete confidence that our customers will continue to receive outstanding service and the premium technologies they depend on in business and life.”

Under the terms of the acquisition, NorthState shareholders will receive $80.00 in cash for each share of NorthState common stock they hold. Due to completion of the transaction, such shares are no longer trading on the OTC Pink Market.

TD Securities acted as exclusive financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP served as legal advisors to Segra. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and GC Solutions and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP served as legal advisors to NorthState in connection with this transaction.

To learn more about the transaction and what it means for customers, please visit: www.segra.com/northstate.

About Segra
Segra is one of the largest independent fiber infrastructure bandwidth companies in the Eastern U.S. It owns and operates an advanced fiber infrastructure network of over 30,000 miles that connects more than 10,000 locations and six data centers throughout nine Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states. Segra provides Ethernet, MPLS, dark fiber, advanced data center services, IP and managed services, voice and cloud solutions, all backed by its industry-leading service and reliability. Customers include carriers, enterprises, governments, and healthcare organizations. In addition, Segra delivers high-speed, fiber-based integrated telecommunications services to residential and business customers in portions of Virginia under the Lumos Networks brand name and in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina under the NorthState brand name. For more information about Segra’s technology and commitment to customer care, visit segra.com.

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Naaldwijk, The Netherlands – Greenhouse Datacenters, a European data center developer/operator with two energy efficient colocation facilities in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, in the Rotterdam/The Hague area, has opened a new data room in its flagship data center, Greenhouse DC 2. The expansion means a doubling of the current capacity at this location. At the same time, Greenhouse announces the appointment of Guido Sip as Chief Commercial Officer. In his new role, he will lead the commercial organization of Greenhouse and while further developing the company’s ecosystem of colocation partners and customers.

A stone’s throw from Rotterdam and The Hague, amidst the world’s largest flower and plant exporters and the many greenhouses in ‘the Westland’ region in the Netherlands, Greenhouse Datacenters offers colocation services that are ecologically oriented. The Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) value of 1.2 achieved by Greenhouse is a very energy-efficient value. In addition, its two data centers are periodically audited and certified by independent auditors in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard (environment & sustainability).


With the opening of the newest data room in Greenhouse DC 2, Greenhouse Datacenters is now adding 400 square meters of colocation space to its flagship data center in the Netherlands. This represents an additional capacity of 260 data center racks. It also doubles the technical infrastructure of Greenhouse DC 2 including generators, indirect adiabatic ‘Fresh Air’ cooling and energy efficient UPS systems.

Guido Sip as CCO, Customer Growth

Greenhouse Datacenters has grown rapidly in recent times. Two data rooms are now in use in Greenhouse DC 1. The newest operational room in Greenhouse DC 2 is the fourth data room that has been delivered. The first customers are now moving their IT infrastructures into this new colocation area. To secure further growth opportunities for its colocation customers, strategic plans for the construction of Greenhouse DC 3 – in the immediate vicinity of the current two data centers in the Netherlands – are already underway.

Guido Sip has been hired as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to manage the current expansion and further shape the commercial organization of Greenhouse. He comes from fiber network provider Relined, where he had been working for 7 years in total. The last 4 years he held the position of Director Sales and Marketing. In this role he was part of the four-person management team of Relined.

“Greenhouse has grown particularly rapidly in the last few years. Without a significant focus on sales though, and mainly based on delivering technical and process-based quality at a competitive price,” says Guido Sip, Greenhouse’s newly recruited CCO. “My goal now is to build a solid sales strategy and enhance market visibility worldwide for the high-quality colocation services that Greenhouse offers from the Netherlands. Success until now is primarily the result of this typical ‘Westland’ mentality, in which a lot of value for money is being offered and the colocation services are actually selling themselves. The next step is to maintain that Westland mentality while professionalizing sales and further shaping the partner and customer ecosystem. My experience as board member at Relined will certainly help. My personal network in the industry is quite large and I bring extensive experience to the table with building partner ecosystems and achieving business expansion.”

In his previous role as a board member of Relined, Sip experienced strong growth of the organization. It included a doubling of the number of clients among which hyperscalers; an expansion of the fiber network from 5.000 to 28.000KM; as well as strong expansion of Relined in Germany.

Satellite Dish Services

With Guido Sip in the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer, Greenhouse Datacenters expects to further raise interest in its ecological colocation services and its focus on security, connectivity, cloud-enablement, compliance, scalability and 24/7 rapid on-site support. Greenhouse’s management team also sees enormous customer potential in the Rotterdam and The Hague region. Especially because of the company’s satellite dish farm onsite and its 10 Gigabit low latency radio links through which companies throughout the area can easily access the Greenhouse data centers – for backup, archiving, disaster recovery, and more.

“I know Guido from his former job role as a board member of Relined. The responsibilities connected to his previous position are illustrative of the next steps we want to take with Greenhouse,” says Lennert Vollebregt, co-founder of Greenhouse Datacenters. “We expect a lot from Guido, also considering what he has achieved at Relined in a relatively short period of time. He is an outgoing personality focused on networking and has a good view on ecosystem thinking and the creation of partner opportunities. The health risks we are now facing worldwide are of course limiting current networking options, but as soon as this has become somewhat normalized, we will be able to further increase our visibility in the market with Guido as our CCO.”

About Greenhouse Datacenters
Founded in 2013, Greenhouse Datacenters is a European data center developer/operator currently offering two colocation data centers in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, in the Rotterdam/The Hague area. The company’s operations are ecologically oriented, with an energy-efficient Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) value of 1.2. Its data centers are also 3rd party accredited and certified for sustainability (ISO 14001), as well as for ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and PCI DSS.

Greenhouse’s data centers in the Netherlands, Greenhouse DC 1 and Greenhouse DC 2, are equipped with layered security in accordance with European EN 50600 guidelines while offering on-site support 24/7. The colocation facilities are redundantly connected to the region and the world via more than 10 carriers; cloud on-ramps; ultra-low latency connections to Amsterdam; as well as access to European Internet exchanges. In addition, Greenhouse offers satellite dish services, with satellite feeds as well as 10 Gigabit low latency radio link connections – to provide organizations in the Westland/Rotterdam/The Hague regions with backup, archiving and disaster recovery.

To learn more about Greenhouse Datacenters, visit: https://www.greenhousedatacenters.nl/en.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a portfolio of 13 data centers across Canada from BCE Inc. (“Bell”) for US$750 million (CA$1,041 million) in an all-cash transaction. The 13 data center sites, which represent 25 Bell data center facilities1, are expected to generate approximately US$105 million (CA$150 million) annualized revenue (Q4’20E LQA), which represents a purchase multiple of approximately 15x EV / adjusted EBITDA. The acquisition is expected to close in 2H 2020, subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval, and it is expected to be immediately accretive to Equinix’s adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) per share upon close, excluding integration costs.

The addition of these strategic assets, their associated operations and the more than 600 customers operating within the data centers will further strengthen Equinix’s global platform, which currently includes more than 210 data centers across 55 metros. It will benefit businesses by: increasing interconnection within Canada and between Canada and the rest of the world, opening seven new metros in six provinces to extend the digital edge of Platform Equinix®, and adding key customers in strategic sectors to further increase the value of the ecosystem available at Equinix. Under the terms of the agreement, Equinix and Bell will begin a strategic partnership to enable enterprises in Canada to leverage hybrid multicloud solutions to accelerate their digital transformation.


The acquisition will expand Equinix’s coverage in Canada coast to coast, making it a market leader in data center and interconnection services. In addition to adding new capacity in Toronto, Ontario, where Equinix currently operates two International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers, it will extend Equinix’s interconnection services to seven new metros. These metros include Calgary, Alberta; Kamloops and Vancouver, British Columbia; Millidgeville, New Brunswick; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Equinix’s expansion across Canada unlocks opportunities for Canadian businesses expanding internationally and for multinational corporations pursuing growth and innovation in the Canadian market. Canadian companies will benefit from the ability to accelerate their evolution from traditional to digital businesses by rapidly scaling their infrastructure, easily adopting hybrid multicloud architectures and interconnecting with strategic business partners within the Platform Equinix ecosystem of nearly 10,000 customers.

  • Canada is the third largest economy in the Americas, and the 10th largest in the world.2 It is a high-growth market with a business focus on accelerating cloud adoption, and major cloud players have increased investments in Canada to accommodate this demand.
  • The 13 data centers, six of which are owned assets, will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of data center space and 400,000 square feet of colocation space to Platform Equinix.
  • The facilities will also provide a platform for future expansion in Canada.
  • More than 600 Bell customers currently operating within the 13 data centers will become Equinix customers, with more than 500 of these representing net new customers. The acquired customers comprise a diversity of sectors and segments, including enterprise, cloud and IT, government and financial services.
  • The strategic partnership between Equinix and Bell plans to deliver integrated networking and hybrid multicloud services, both directly and through the combined partner ecosystems of the two companies. The joint offering will combine Bell’s telecommunications services and technology expertise with Equinix’s global platform of interconnected data centers and business ecosystems.
  • Over time, Equinix plans to introduce Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) to all 13 data centers. ECX Fabric is an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that allows any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other company’s distributed infrastructure, including the world’s largest network service and cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.
  • The acquisition of the 13 Bell data centers will further extend Equinix’s ability to provide businesses with the direct and secure connectivity they need to expand their global reach in new and existing markets. According to Volume 3 of the Global Interconnection Index, interconnection is becoming an essential building block of the digital economy. By providing additional interconnection capacity in these key markets, Equinix continues to play an important role in helping companies extend their IT operations to the digital edge through the interconnection of people, locations, clouds and data.
  • Citi and J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisors to Equinix.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. On this global platform for digital business, companies come together across more than 50 markets on five continents to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything they need to create their digital futures. www.equinix.com.

1 Note: Equinix counts a building (including a building that has had multiple phased expansions over time) as a single “data center.” Bell counts each expansion within a building as a separate data center.
2 World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/02/india-gdp-economy-growth-uk-france/

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Washington, DC — Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is far more than a partisan football; it’s central to the survival of the interconnected U.S. economy during this time of crisis.

Section 230 states: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider”. It is a simple, clear, and sensible piece of legislation that takes the way things exist in the physical world, and acknowledges that the same things are true online. Just as a hotel owner who rents you a room is not responsible for making sure you don’t do anything illegal there, Internet ‘intermediaries’ are afforded similar protections under the law. Like a hotel, they are allowed to uphold standards of behavior, but they aren’t held to the same legal standards as their guests. It’s pretty simple stuff.


Businesses upended by COVID-19 are looking for ways to digitize and survive, and Internet infrastructure providers are central to this effort. The U.S. economy in particular is being kept alive due to the technical intermediaries enabling participation in the digital economy. Section 230 is why this works. If you mess with this, you will have no digital economy left, and no economic recovery for the United States. Countries with proper sensible intermediary protections will be the ones to drive the world’s recovery, and the United States will lose the strength of the digital economy that helps to sustain the United States economically.

Section 230 is only being talked about in terms of how it applies to Google, Facebook, and Twitter. However, Section 230 is what allows the entire Internet’s infrastructure to operate within the United States without crushing legal liability over what Internet users may or may not do. Put simply, Section 230 is the law that lets you start a small Internet business without a team of lawyers behind you.

To change Section 230 is therefore to rip away the ability of small Internet businesses to compete. Only changing Section 230 for large businesses doesn’t work either. Internet technology is all interconnected, and small businesses always rely upon larger ones to compete. If you destroy intermediary protections at the top, these inevitably flow down, and affect the smaller businesses too.

Would the Internet survive the gutting of Section 230? The global Internet community would likely be fine, and certainly a few large incumbent players would adapt and strengthen their positions as the only ones with the large enough legal teams to keep their doors open. What will die is the promise of being able to start a small Internet business, to innovate, and to compete without crushing legal liability.

This Executive Order is a small business hostile, poison pill for the United States economy, just when we need the digital economy at full strength to help lift us up. The Internet Infrastructure Coalition implores lawmakers to keep their eyes focused on how we survive our current economic situation. We can survive this together by investing in further digitization of our economic engine – such as remote education resources, remote healthcare resources, remote workforce resources, and digital services for small businesses to spur economic growth. We cannot pull the rug out from under the sensible core legislative language that makes all those things possible.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Windstream Wholesale, a flexible provider of advanced network communications, continues to expand its services to high-demand data centers, by establishing a presence at the Equinix NY5 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center. As a part of this expansion, Windstream Wholesale will offer fully diverse 10 and 100 Gig Waves to the ecosystem of companies operating within Equinix’s New York metro data center campus, which is located in Secaucus, N.J., and offers a highly scalable platform with more than 90 network service providers.

Windstream Wholesale expects to be built into the Equinix facility by July. However, urgent network capacity needs continue to grow, so, in the meantime, Windstream has provided a creative temporary solution for one of its established partners, Seaborn Networks, a leading developer-owner-operator of subsea fiber optic cable systems. Windstream delivered four 100-Gig waves from Ashburn, Va., to the international landing station in Wall Township, N.J., to meet Seaborn’s immediate expansion needs. When Windstream’s build is complete at the NY5 IBX, it will move two of those waves to Secaucus.


“We are pleased with Windstream Wholesale’s new presence at Equinix’s New York area data center campus. We have been partnering for some time and this new, diverse route between Secaucus and Ashburn will enhance and enrich our ability to serve our customers through Windstream’s network in U.S.,” said Michel Marcelino, senior vice president and head of Latin America for Seaborn. “I look forward to expanding our connectivity together, offering resilient services for our customers both domestically and internationally.”

“Windstream Wholesale continues to expand our data center portfolio with our presence at the Equinix NY5 IBX, which provides diverse, low-latency access to a massive electronic trading ecosystem and major cloud service providers,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president of Windstream Wholesale. “We’re excited that this location has enabled us to enhance our partnership with Seaborn Networks, and our ability to meet their expansion needs even before our build is complete speaks to the creativity that we bring to client relationships.”

“Windstream Wholesale is a valued participant in the ecosystem of world-class providers offering their services on Platform Equinix®,” said Adam Janota, senior director of business development at Equinix. “Windstream’s 100 Gbps Wavelength service offers a strong option for the core backbone capacity needs of Equinix customers seeking low latency connectivity between our Secaucus, N.J., and Ashburn, Va., data center campuses, providing a diverse path between the New York and Washington, D.C., metros that avoids Manhattan data centers. The more than 500 businesses operating at Equinix’s Secaucus data center campus will also benefit from Windstream’s direct access to Seaborn Networks’ sub-sea capacity.”

To view the Windstream network map, visit https://www.windstreamenterprise.com/wholesale/interactive-map/.

About Windstream
Windstream Holdings, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions. Windstream provides data networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the U.S. The company also offers broadband, entertainment and security services for consumers and small and medium-sized businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Services are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is available at windstream.com or https://www.windstreamwholesale.com/. Please visit our newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream.

About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn Networks is a leading developer-owner-operator of transoceanic submarine fiber optic cable systems, including Seabras-1 between São Paulo and New York. Unique among independent cable operators, Seaborn fully operates and maintains its submarine and terrestrial cable infrastructure. Seaborn activates capacity and services faster than anyone else in the industry.

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Alblasserdam – Dataplace, the Netherlands’ leading carrier neutral datacenter operator, has opened a sixth Tier III datacenter in Hoofddorp. The brand-new datacenter is designed for full 2N configuration and showcases state-of-the-art proven technologies in the field of continuity, security and sustainability.

The new datacenter on Parellaan in Hoofddorp has been fully operational since 1 May. With a total floor area of roughly 4,500 m2 and a net datacenter floor area of 2,000 m2, the facility allows Dataplace now to provide its high-quality datacenter services in the Amsterdam metropolitan area also. The location makes Dataplace an attractive partner for national as well as international organizations.


Gerben van der Veen, Managing Director of Dataplace: “As business activity in the Amsterdam metropolitan area continues to grow rapidly, demand for colocation services is also increasing. We are delighted that we can now provide datacenter solutions in the region from this brand-new location. Dataplace is a leading national player, and the opening of our sixth datacenter at this location allows us also to raise our international profile, while retaining our regional personality and personal approach as well as a strong customer focus.”

Jan Bonke, Manager Operations of Dataplace: “We relied on our own expertise and experience to design the technical systems and installations entirely in house. Our engineers created a 2N solution that is configured for a fully separated A & B power supply. This design fully meets the needs and demands that the market currently places on a hypermodern datacenter.

Alex Goldblum, CEO of Eurofiber: “This expansion gives Eurofiber a national cloud infrastructure in the Netherlands, providing a perfect platform for national and international parties alike. It represents another significant milestone for Dataplace, and by extension for Eurofiber, in line with our growth ambition in Europe. As part of this strategy we also recently acquired Eura DC, which operates two datacenters in France. Our digital infrastructure currently consists of eight hypermodern datacenters and 36,000 kilometres of installed fiberoptic cable.”

About Dataplace
Dataplace was formed in 2010 and has been part of the Eurofiber Group since 2016. It provides high-quality (twin) datacenter services from four modern carrier-neutral Tier III datacenters in the Rotterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem and Brabant regions. The Tier III+ datacenter in Hoofddorp is currently being built. Dataplace Amsterdam is expected to be operational in Q1 2020. Dataplace has ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 50001 and NEN 7510 certification as well as ISAE-3402 type II certification. Dataplace’s distinctive profile is expressed in its knowledge and experience of datacenter management and in its personal attention to customers. Many IT-related businesses, government departments and other public authority bodies, healthcare institutions and listed companies now use its services to their satisfaction. Dataplace’s customers give its services a rating of 8.5.For more information: www.dataplace.com

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