Lumos Networks Corp. (NASDAQ:LMOS), a leading provider of fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure & IP Services in key mid-Atlantic markets, today announced that it signed a multi-year high-speed Gig wave contract with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Systems in Richmond, Virginia. The fiber network build will connect 4 key VCU Health Systems facilities, satellite locations and critical care locations to its Richmond Data Center. All 5 facilities will be “on-net,” meaning they will all be linked directly to Lumos’ fiber network. The project is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2014 and will bring to five the number of VCU Health Systems facilities connected on Lumos’ fiber network through advanced Ethernet services. “We are excited that Lumos Networks will be helping us build the next generation of healthcare grade network with low latency in Richmond in support of sensitive applications such as billing, electronic medical records and imaging,” said John J. Berghuis, Associate CIO – Technology, VCU Health Systems. “Their responsiveness and attention to detail will serve our institution and those we serve well.” “We look forward to working with VCU Health Systems in support of their vision to provide exceptional service by putting the needs of the patient first. This is a great opportunity for Lumos and a testament to our continued success in providing customized network solutions to the healthcare industry throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Joseph E. McCourt, EVP and Chief Revenue Officer for Lumos Networks. Lumos Networks recently completed a 110 mile fiber Ethernet metro ring in Richmond as a key part of its ‘edge-out’ market strategy to expand its fiber network. The network is designed and built in a very strategic manner in order to access key Enterprises, Data Centers and cell towers in the market. This fiber network in Richmond, 100G ready at launch, is some of the densest in the Lumos Network footprint providing a launch point for Lumos to pursue transport traffic in key routes, namely Richmond to Ashburn, Va. and Richmond to Charlottesville, Va.