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RCN Sponsors Hospice Cup XXVII in Support of Hospice Care.

RCN to Provide Advertising to Promote Regatta to Raise Funds for Hospice Care

HERNDON, Va. -- RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of digital television, data, and voice services to residential and small - medium business customers, is a 2008 sponsor of Hospice Cup XXVII, which will take place in Annapolis, MD on September 27, 2008.

The 27th annual Hospice Cup, a fundraising regatta sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, will begin at 10 a.m., when various classes of yachts will race off the mouth of the Severn River. Participants in each class will race for the chance to qualify for the National Hospice Regatta Championship - a national championship of all hospice regattas held nationwide.

As a Hospice Cup sponsor, RCN is providing $10,000 in cable television advertising to promote the event. In addition, RCN will distribute promotional materials at local community and sporting events.

"We are pleased to support the Hospice Cup, because it helps raise public awareness of hospice care and services available for the terminally ill," said Richard Ramlall, SVP of Strategic External Affairs & Programming. "As a local provider of cable, phone and internet services, we believe it's important to be involved in the communities we serve. We're especially proud to support local area hospices through our sponsorship of Hospice Cup XXVII."

The 2008 participating hospices currently include: Hospice of the Chesapeake, Capital Hospice, Montgomery Hospice, and Community Hospices. Each hospice must meet the standards of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

"We are grateful for the support of RCN for this event," said Karma O'Neill, Executive Director of Hospice Cup, Inc. "The advertising that they are donating will help increase awareness for this event and hospice services available in the DC Metro, Northern Virginia and Maryland areas."

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation, http://www.rcn.com, is a facilities-based, competitive broadband telecommunications services provider delivering digital television, high-speed data and voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through the RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)

About Hospice Cup

Hospice Cup funds help pay the expenses not covered by Medicare or private insurance. These dollars enable the hospices to provide skilled compassionate care, comfort and dignity to the terminally ill, their families and friends, regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice enables patients to carry on alert, pain-controlled lives so their last days may be spent in comfort, at home or in home-like settings. Hospice care concentrates on care, not cure. Bereavement counseling and support groups are part of hospice services after the loss of a loved one.

The annual Hospice Cup race is a cooperative effort, and is organized by an all-volunteer Hospice Cup, Inc. Board of Directors, an Executive Director, participating area hospices and hundreds of volunteers. The race is managed by Shearwater Sailing Club and assisted by Storm Trysail Club Chesapeake Station.

The Hospice Cup race is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) and counts for CBYRA season-long High Point competition. Hospice Cup, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia for the purposes of conducting a benefit yacht race and related events. Hospice Cup, Inc. is also a proud member of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance.

Additional information about the race can be found online at the official Hospice Cup web site at www.hospicecup.org.
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