BELLOWS FALLS -- Sovernet Communications announced today that Fletcher Allen Health Care has chosen Sovernet's fiber network for its latest data transport needs.

Sovernet has built a 300 megabits per second (Mbps) wide area network (WAN) connection between Fletcher Allen and its Berlin affiliate, Central Vermont Medical Center. The link is being used to securely transport medical images and data between the two entities to streamline care and reduce duplication of efforts to care for their shared patients.

Sovernet's recently completed, state-of-the-art, 900 mile fiber network throughout Vermont will provide Fletcher Allen and Central Vermont Ethernet inter-office connectivity at the data transfer speed needed today, with the capability to scale seamlessly up to 100 gigabits per second (Gbps).

"WAN connections, like the one Sovernet is providing us, benefit both our patients and partner organizations alike" said Dan Davis, Manager of Network and Telecommunications for Fletcher Allen. "The scalability this new network provides us, along with the security we demand, and Sovernet's reputation as a local provider who puts their customers first, helped us make this choice."

"Fletcher Allen's decision to use Sovernet for its latest WAN needs confirms that building a fully diverse, 100 gigabit network with cutting edge optics throughout was done correctly " said Jay Bellows, Sovernet's Director of Sales and Northern Facilities. "Our team has spent the last three years designing and building this network with demanding customers like Fletcher Allen in mind. We expect this relationship to grow and last for years to come."

About Fletcher Allen Health Care: FAHC is an academic medical center located in Burlington. Affiliated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the hospital serves as both a regional referral center, providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York, and a community hospital, for approximately 160,000 residents in the Chittenden and Grand Isle Vermont counties. The hospital is committed to the development of an Integrated Delivery System which provides high-value health care to the communities it serves and enhances their academic mission. For more information please visit http://www.fletcherallen.org

About Sovernet Communications: Founded in 1995, Sovernet is a leading regional provider of high capacity network transport, broadband internet and voice services throughout a 4500 fiber mile footprint in northern New England and New York. Sovernet and its Albany, New York based subsidiary, ION, provide services up to 100 Gbps to enterprise, carrier and government customers throughout the New York and Northern New England region. The company is headquartered in Bellows Falls with facilities in New York, Vermont and southwest New Hampshire. For more information please visit www.sovernet.com.