Ontario County, N.Y., Fiber Ring Wins "CIO 100" Award from CIO Magazine

Canandaigua, N.Y., June 1, 2011  — Axcess Ontario is pleased to announce that the 200-plus-mile fiber optic ring in Ontario County, N.Y., has been named among this year’s “CIO 100” award winners by CIO magazine — the fiber ring’s first international recognition. Axcess Ontario is the public-benefit corporation that manages the fiber ring.

The 24thannual CIO 100 awards program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).Other award winners this year include Advanced Micro Devices, Dell, DreamWorks Animation SKG, IBM, and GE Energy. Only a limited number of public-sector award winners were named in addition to Ontario County, N.Y., including Chicago Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia, and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Global Combat Support System/Logistics Chain Management.

“The CIO 100 award is one of the most important recognitions that Axcess Ontario has received in that it ranks the Ontario County fiber ring among the top IT innovators internationally, significantly reinforcing our position as a broadband model for the United States,” said Ed Hemminger, CEO of Axcess Ontario. “In addition, the magazine reaches the top information technology officers and executives around the world, a key audience as we work to add telecom carriers and expand business and residential services using our fiber ring.”

The CIO 100 award is the third major award that Axcess Ontario has received in the past 10 months. The CIO 100 award comes on the heels of last month’s recognition by Computerworld magazine as a 2011 Honors Laureate. Axcess Ontario was also honored last fall by Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government as a “Bright Idea” — a promising, innovative solution that can assist other communities as they face their own challenges.

Axcess Ontario board member David R. Smith, chairman and CEO of Plures Technologies Inc. and chairman of SensiVida Medical Technologies Inc., nominated the fiber ring for the CIO 100 award.

“The people of Ontario County have every reason to be proud of the fiber ring project and the Axcess Ontario team,” Smith said. “Thanks to the county’s leadership and the public’s support of the project more than eight years ago, Ontario County is now recognized as one of the top IT communities in the country and around the world.”

The 2011 CIO 100 awards will be featured online at www.cio.comon Aug. 1, and in the Aug. 1 issue of CIO magazine. The awards will be presented at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Aug. 14-16 at the annual CIO 100 Symposium®and Awards Ceremony.

About Axcess Ontario

Imagine where fiber technology can take us. Axcess Ontario has. With an open-access, dark-fiber infrastructure and a non-profit approach — serving as an example for a national model — the 200-plus-mile fiber ring has Ontario County, N.Y., on the fast track to greater economic development, better quality of life, and global competitiveness. By providing this critical source for advanced connectivity and increased flexibility through quicker, more affordable broadband, businesses and organizations, as well as residents, will have improved capabilities like never before.

For more information contact:

Megan Connor Murphy

Dixon Schwabl

585-899-3258 office

585-339-8379 cell

megan@dixonschwabl.com

Twitter: @mconnormurphy

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