Alpheus Acquires Aspen Commnuications

March 8, 2007 (Houston, Texas) – Alpheus Communications, operator of an extensive fiber optic network across Metro Texas, announced today the acquisition of Aspen Communications, a Dallas-based operator of information technology facilities for collocation, hosting and direct internet access for business customers.

The acquisition expands Alpheus’ disaster recovery, hosting and back up offerings for Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. Alpheus acquired all the assets of Aspen Communications which includes several data center facilities in Dallas, Fort Worth and Bryan/College Station, along with Aspen’s DFW-based licensed fixed wireless network. Aspen’s North Texas customers include a wide range of small, medium, and large scale enterprises, including, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Turner Corporation, and McKnight Realty Partners. All of Aspen’s employees will join Alpheus as part of the transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“This acquisition gives Alpheus a tremendous platform to serve enterprise level customers,” said Paul Hobby Chairman and CEO of Alpheus. “You hear a lot about convergence in the telecommunications industry, and this deal illustrates the next form of inevitable convergence: telecommunications and information technology services. Alpheus’ telecommunications network, our Metrolocity multi-carrier peering product, and Aspen’s data center capabilities are a very powerful combination for clients who want a robust network standing behind their outsourced information technology requirements.”

Aspen will be integrated immediately into Alpheus and will adopt the Alpheus name. James T. Chiles, President and CEO of Aspen, said, “We have known Alpheus for years as a network partner and have always been impressed with their commitment to customer service. This will be an exciting opportunity for Aspen clients to combine carrier-grade data connectivity with premiere data center facilities.”

“Customers are seeing the advantages of moving costly server and storage functions into facilities that have redundant power, adequate cooling, and proximity to a quality network,” said Stephen W. Crawford, Senior Vice President for Mergers & Acquisitions at Alpheus. “We have always owned the network, and now we are putting these state-of-the-art data center facilities at the edges.”

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About Alpheus Communications

Alpheus operates the most extensive competitive deep metro fiber footprint in Texas, with facilities in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin & Corpus Christi. Across that network, Alpheus provides DS-1 through OC-192 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet and Managed Waves. Alpheus also provides colocation services inside our carrier-grade network HUB facilities, with cross connection to most wireless providers, AT&T, and major Competitive Access Providers. Alpheus is a joint venture of Genesis Park, L.P. and the El Paso Corporation.

About Aspen Communications

Aspen Communications is a Dallas-based provider of telecommunications and IT services, and operator of several premier data center facilities in the Dallas/Forth Worth and Bryan/College Station areas. Aspen provides co-location, managed services and Internet access as well as a wide range of wireless bandwidth and transport solutions for enterprise and telecommunications users. Aspen’s management has over 20 years of experience in the engineering, construction, and operation of licensed microwave links. For more information, visit