EarthLink Announces Network Expansion and Enhancements for Scalability and Growth


ATLANTA - EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) a leading IP infrastructure and services company, today announced plans to expand and enhance its state-of-the-art network infrastructure. Additional network routes and equipment will be added to EarthLink's network to provide incremental growth capacity and scalability, support new nationwide leading edge product offerings, and ensure that EarthLink's strong, diverse network remains a significant differentiator.

The network expansion includes major transport network builds, new OC-192 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber rings, additional high-speed access points for private Voice over IP network traffic, nationwide IP MPLS and EVDO wireless network expansions, and bringing EarthLink's enterprise class data centers on-net with high-capacity fiber rings.

"We are proactively enhancing our robust network to help our customers stay ahead of the technology curve, to take advantage of the increasing demands for bandwidth, and to be at the forefront with cloud-based managed services and IT security solutions," said Rolla P. Huff, EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

With the addition of new OC-192 10 Gigabit Ethernet network routes, EarthLink is effectively increasing capacity across its nationwide IP MPLS network 16 fold, further extending its high performance, scalable and secure network. New OC-192 fiber rings in Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania, and a new high-speed route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, will add incremental capacity in the Northeast to support its customers future growth in that business-rich region of the country. EarthLink is also extending its EVDO wireless network to broaden its ability to offer secure, redundant wireless networks to businesses with remote locations, and to provide customers with a cost-effective back-up network solution.

Over the past five months, EarthLink has added three new data centers to its network and is making additional investments in network capacity, connectivity and redundancy. The data centers in Rochester, NY, Marlborough, MA and Columbia, SC will all have 10 Gigabit fiber rings connecting each location to both the IP backbone and each other. This amount of connectivity allows EarthLink to provide real time data replication and cloud services to enterprise cloud and managed services customers.

EarthLink expects the majority of these network enhancements to be completed by the end of 2011, with the entire project slated for completion in the first quarter of 2012. The company is not changing its 2011 capital expenditures guidance.

About EarthLink

EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading provider of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure and services to medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and over 1.5 million consumers across the United States. The company has been providing Internet access and communications services for decades and has earned an award-winning reputation for both outstanding customer service and product innovation. For consumers, EarthLink is a leading Internet Service Provider connecting people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. EarthLink Business(TM) provides voice, data, mobile and equipment services over a 28,000 mile fiber network and MPLS-based services nationwide. For more information, visit EarthLink's website www.earthlink.net.

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