Company Overview

Unite Private Networks (UPN) provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and related services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers throughout the United States. Service offerings include dark and lit fiber, private line, optical Ethernet, Internet access, data center services, and other customized solutions.

UPN currently serves over 300 communities across 20 states, with 8,500 metro fiber route miles, and over 5,000 on-net buildings.

UPN has a proven history of successful completion of large and complex fiber-optic construction projects, on time and on budget. Customer relationships typically include long-term agreements (10-20 years) for fiber-optic connectivity between multiple facility locations. UPN manages all phases of the customer relationship, including RFP response, construction management, network reliability, technical assistance, and customer service, to facilitate a long-term partnership with the customer. UPN also has significant experience working with federal E-Rate program guidelines for K-12 school districts.

UPN is regulated by Public Service Commissions of each state in which UPN operates and also by the Federal Communication Commission, with periodic reporting requirements and service standards. UPN is a certified E-Rate service provider.

Headquartered in the Kansas City, MO metro area, UPN has been providing customer-focused communications solutions since 1998.

UPN’s investors include Cox Communications, Ridgemont Equity Partners and the company’s management team. The relationship with Cox and Ridgemont provides UPN with access to capital and an ability to leverage strategic insights and capabilities to accelerate long-term growth.

About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com.

About Ridgemont Equity Partners:
Ridgemont Equity Partners is a Charlotte-based middle market buyout and growth equity investor. Since 1993, the principals of Ridgemont have invested more than $3.5 billion in 129 companies. The firm focuses on investments of $25 million to $100 million in industries in which it has deep expertise, including basic industries and services, energy, healthcare, and telecommunications/media/technology. For more info, visit www.ridgemontep.com.