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Broadwing Communications and OnFiber Deliver Unprecedented Flexibility to Enterprises by Launching Facilities-based Nationwide Ethernet/VPLS Network.

CHICAGO -- Enterprises Can Now Choose Layer 2- or Layer 3-Supported VPN Services, Giving New Meaning to the Concept of Converged Communications

Broadwing Communications, LLC, a leading provider of optical network communications services and solutions, and OnFiber Communications, a premier source for optical metro networks, today announced that they have joined forces to deliver a suite of unprecedented facilities-based, Ethernet private network services for the most demanding Fortune 500 enterprises.

As previously announced, Broadwing's Converged Network was made commercially available on June 1, 2005, giving enterprises unparalleled flexibility by supporting both Layer 2 Virtual Private LAN (VPLS) and Layer 3 Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs. Broadwing's joint initiative with OnFiber pairs Broadwing's Converged Services offering with OnFiber's complementary, high capacity, Ethernet local access network to deliver a highly flexible and scalable end-to-end solution.

"Yankee Group research clearly shows that enterprise network managers are eager for end-to-end, site-to-site Ethernet solutions beyond the metro. The combination of OnFiber's metro footprint with Broadwing's Converged Network, will enable the companies to aggressively attack this expanding new market for Ethernet services," said Bryan Van Dussen, director telecommunications research, Yankee Group.

After intensive combined testing and evaluation, OnFiber and Broadwing have interconnected their networks in all of OnFiber's major U.S. markets. This provides a seamless infrastructure for enterprise MPLS WAN communications, complete with jointly developed pricing, monitoring and support processes.

Available for purchase from either carrier, these coast-to-coast VPN services will yield multiple, immediate benefits to enterprise customers, including:

--Facilities-based, point-to-point or multipoint wide area network connectivity

--Fully tested and certified solutions with best-of-class, end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

--Rapid, precise, and guaranteed provisioning intervals

--Scalable connectivity enabling customers to easily grow from 10-Megabit to Gigabit Ethernet and beyond

--Synchronized pre- and post-sale support

--Exceptionally low total cost of ownership

Key to Broadwing Communications' Converged Services solution is the nationwide all-optical network upon which the Converged Network has been deployed. Leveraging Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and ultra-long haul, all-optical transport, Broadwing's unique Converged Network infrastructure provides per-traffic flow quality of service (QoS) to any voice, data or video application over any Ethernet, IP, ATM, Frame Relay or TDM access protocol feeding a single MPLS backbone. The Broadwing Converged Services Network sets a new industry benchmark by supporting both Layer 2 and Layer 3 private networks across a common core with a common network management system. The Converged Services Network is isolated from the public Internet, providing peace of mind to security conscious customers.

OnFiber's expertise in constructing and operating last mile optical network infrastructure enables the delivery of this state-of-the-art service directly to enterprises' offices or POPs. OnFiber designs its networks specifically to support high-capacity applications, such as wide area Ethernet, for enterprise operations.

"Customers want a very simple architecture where they can plug into an Ethernet box on their premises and run voice, video and data over that interface without sacrificing quality," said Scott Widham, president of sales and marketing for Broadwing. "Our relationship with OnFiber delivers just such a service."

"Because of our vast experience providing carrier grade networks, OnFiber is uniquely positioned to extend Broadwing's Converged Services Network to OnFiber's local markets," said Thom Sumbler, vice president of business development for OnFiber. "Together, OnFiber and Broadwing are delivering a new level of network services designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding of enterprises."

About OnFiber Communications, Inc.

OnFiber Communications, Inc. is a metro network solutions provider that designs, builds, and operates unique communications services for its customers. In addition to delivering custom networks for enterprises through AdaptiveBuild(TM), OnFiber solves local connectivity challenges for its service provider customers. Through the optical networks it owns and operates across the U.S., OnFiber bridges the gap between global infrastructure and the network edge. OnFiber is an agile organization that strives to deliver reliable and efficient broadband services on time, every time. For more information about OnFiber, please visit www.onfiber.com or call 1-866-ONFIBER.

OnFiber, AdaptiveBuild and Coil Design are registered trademarks of OnFiber Communications. All other products or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Broadwing Corporation

Broadwing Corporation (NASDAQ:BWNG), through its consolidated subsidiary Broadwing Communications, LLC, (Broadwing) delivers innovative data, voice, and media solutions to enterprises, service providers, and government entities. Enabled by its one-of-a-kind, all-optical network and award-winning products and services, Broadwing Communications provides communications solutions with unparalleled customer focus and speed. Broadwing Corporation, via its Corvis Equipment Corporation subsidiary, also provides government agencies and service providers with advanced, scalable optical networking equipment designed to reduce the overall cost associated with building and operating optical networks. For more information, visit www.broadwing.com.

Broadwing and its logo, are trademarks and/or service marks of Broadwing Communications, LLC, and/or Broadwing Corporation. All trademarks and service marks not belonging to Broadwing are the property of their respective owners.

Broadwing Investor Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding Broadwing Corporation and/or Broadwing Communications, LLC (collectively "Broadwing"), that are not statements of historical fact may include forward-looking statements, and statements regarding Broadwing's beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Broadwing's actual results could differ materially from these statements.
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