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FiberLight Expands Dark Fiber Network Capabilities for the City of Roswell, GA

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Partnership Enables the City to Leverage Bolstered Application Performance, Increased Bandwidth, Speed, and Security with Smart City Initiatives on the Horizon

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FiberLight, LLC, a fiber infrastructure provider with more than 20 years of construction experience building mission-critical high-bandwidth networks, announces that it has completed a dark fiber deployment in Roswell, Georgia. This project, with the help of SereneIT, a next-generation Value-Added Reseller (VAR), connects the city to an Atlanta-area data center operated by Ascent, LLC, empowering Roswell to optimize performance and support its increasingly sophisticated applications to meet users’ growing demand for real-time access.

As the demand for quick, reliable, and secure access to applications — such as those associated with public safety, parks and recreation, and other administrative capabilities — grows and network requirements expand for communities like Roswell, a robust and secure network is vital. To position Roswell for greater success and deliver a high-performance network, FiberLight enabled the city with a dark fiber network ring and deployed 400GB of capacity to the Ascent data center for increased security, scalability, and redundancy. FiberLight’s dark fiber solutions give organizations the ability to own, build, expand, and control networks faster than building new fiber routes and fulfill the need for continuous bandwidth growth at predictable costs.

“Roswell has a history of infrastructure development and deployment with FiberLight, and we’re so appreciative of the company’s understanding of our urgency and willingness to take the time to work with us to deliver this critical deployment on the timeline we needed,” comments Maurice Pryce, IT Director for the City of Roswell. “This dark fiber network solution enables us to have greater control to provision more reliable services and create an always-on environment for our residents. Connecting to Ascent’s data center gives us ample room to expand our services and capabilities into the future. We’re excited to be successfully positioned for growth, and we look forward to supporting smart city applications with added security and agility.”

“It’s clear that Roswell was in need of a robust and secure data center, and Ascent was a natural fit due to its proximity to carrier feeds and high redundancy,” notes Greg Tinker, Founder and CEO of SereneIT. “As a VAR firm that prides itself on taking a problem-first approach, we were happy to support the city by addressing its network pain points and bringing in a provider that could strengthen its disaster recovery approach, deliver augmented capacity, and empower its smart future.”

“The City of Roswell, with its need to get into a data center quickly to support its expansion, is the kind of customer we are well equipped to support,” says Bob Kramlich, Vice President of Business Development for Ascent, LLC. “Our ATL1 data center has rack-ready space immediately available with the runway to support significant expansion. Our customers have many carrier options to choose from when they come to our data centers and thanks to our great partner at FiberLight, we were able to put together a dynamic solution to support the City of Roswell for years to come.”

“We’re thrilled to continue to serve as a trusted partner for the City of Roswell,” adds Marc Dyman, Chief Revenue Officer of FiberLight. “The city’s dark fiber network expansion paves the way for its digital future and delivers critical capabilities to its residents. We continue to see an increase in local governments turning to dark fiber to control their network operations and cost in response to increasing network demands. Roswell is another great use case that has the potential to inspire other communities as they look toward building their own smart and connected city strategies for the future.”

FiberLight designs, builds, monitors, and maintains high-capacity fiber infrastructure in some of the country’s most rapidly growing areas, ensuring that even the most mission-critical applications are secure. For network companies, large enterprises, and up-the-stack partners who are looking for lower, more predictable costs than lit fiber options, this opportunity dramatically improves their network performance, control, and scalability. FiberLight offers flexible dark fiber financing options to ensure that clients can purchase in a way that is most beneficial to them, including flat-rate pricing on leased assets without fee accelerations during the committed term.

About FiberLight:

FiberLight designs, builds and deploys mission-critical high bandwidth networks to ignite our client’s digital transformation. With 14,000 route miles of fiber networks and 78,000 pre-qualified near-net buildings, FiberLight operates in over 30 metropolitan areas in the U.S. Our service portfolio includes high-capacity Ethernet and Wave Transport Services, Cloud Connect, Dedicated Internet Access, Dark Fiber and Wireless Backhaul serving domestic and international telecom companies, wireless, wireline, cable and cloud providers as well as key players across enterprise, government and education. For more information, visit www.fiberlight.com.

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Media Contact for FiberLight:

Laura Pirmann

iMiller Public Relations

Tel: +1.866.307.2510

Email: pr@imillerpr.com

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Shortages of Low-Skill, Middle-Skill, and High-Skill Workers Causing Revenue Declines and Other Headaches for Employers, TrueBlue’s Latest Study Finds

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TACOMA, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While there has been a lot of discourse around the shortage of high-skill workers in the U.S., a new study by staffing giant TrueBlue shows a significant percentage of employers are also struggling with deficits in low-skill and middle-skill workers – and dealing with a host of business challenges as a result.

According to TrueBlue’s nationwide survey, which included nearly 1,500 managers (HR, operational, and business), skills shortages are widening across skills categories:

  • 32% of managers can’t find workers to fill low-skill positions (generally classified as those that may or may not require a high school diploma and require little to no experience)
  • 46% can’t find workers for middle-skill jobs (typically require some experience and continuing education such as college courses, an apprenticeship or certification, but don’t necessarily require a four-year college degree)
  • 35% can’t find workers for high-skill jobs (typically require a four-year degree or higher and specialized experience)

Low unemployment coupled with globalization, accelerated technology advancement, and evolving work models are creating talent deficits across all skill levels within organizations,” said Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “The skills supply is not keeping up with demand, which is fueling a greater intensity in an already competitive labor market and adversely impacting productivity, service quality, and revenue growth for businesses.”

Impact of Talent Shortages on Businesses

The top three business challenges managers are experiencing due to prolonged job vacancies within their organizations include:

  • Quality – More than a third of managers (35%) reported that extended job vacancies have caused lower product or service quality.
  • Turnover – 25% have seen higher employee turnover.
  • Revenue – 23% said their companies experienced a decline in revenue.

To address talent shortages and minimize associated business impact, 2 in 5 companies (41 percent) reported that they plan to raise compensation for entry-level workers and nearly half (46 percent) plan to train and hire the long-term unemployed in the coming year.

Survey Methodology

This SurveyMonkey survey was conducted online in the U.S. by TrueBlue between September 23 and October 15, 2019. It included 1,499 managers (HR, operations and general). The survey was across regions, industries, and company sizes.

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is a global leader in specialized workforce solutions that help clients achieve business growth and improve productivity. In 2018, the company connected approximately 730,000 people with work. TrueBlue’s PeopleReady segment offers on-demand industrial staffing services, PeopleManagement offers contingent and productivity-based, on-site industrial staffing and driver staffing services, and PeopleScout offers recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and managed service provider (MSP) solutions to a wide variety of industries. Learn more at www.trueblue.com.

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Jennifer Grasz

Vice President, Corporate Communications

jgrasz@trueblue.com
(312) 840-6327

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Law Firm of Estey & Bomberger Reports: Uber Says Nearly 6,000 Rapes, Sexual Assaults Occurred in Two-year Period

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SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The law firm of Estey & Bomberger reported today that Uber’s long-awaited sexual assault report was released Dec. 5, with the ride-hailing company admitting that 5,981* passengers and drivers were raped or sexually assaulted between 2017-2018.

“I applaud Uber for releasing the data that acknowledges there is a problem with sexual assaults occurring in rideshare. While we believe these assaults were preventable, Uber’s report represents a tremendous step for ride-hailing safety,” said Estey & Bomberger attorney Mike Bomberger. “I think there are many positive measures Uber is taking. However, Uber still has an obligation to help the victims who have been raped and assaulted and facing a lifetime of emotional pain. They will need ongoing therapy.”

Estey & Bomberger represents more than 100 ride-hailing sexual assault victims.

“It’s important to remember when reading this report that only one in three women report their sexual assault,” Bomberger said. “Therefore, the number of women who have been sexually assaulted is certainly much higher than reported here.”

Bomberger reiterated his call for all ride-hailing trips to be digitally recorded.

“We’re pleased that Uber is now testing cameras in Texas. That’s the real solution to this problem – if drivers know they’re being recorded they won’t rape and assault,” Bomberger said.

Estey & Bomberger is asking Lyft and Uber sexual assault victims, along with former employees of the ride-sharing firms, to contact its office by calling 866-964-1708 or emailing info@lyftsexualassaultlawyers.com.

*statistic courtesy NPR “Uber Received Nearly 6,000 U.S. Sexual Assault Claims in Past 2 Years,” Dec. 5, 2019.

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Ed Vasquez, 408-420-6558

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Best’s Market Segment Report: AM Best Maintains Global Reinsurance Market Outlook at Stable

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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has maintained a market segment outlook of stable on the global reinsurance industry for 2020, citing a stabilized pricing environment — albeit at levels below long-term adequacy — the continuing alignment between traditional and third-party capital and ongoing stability in the global life reinsurance segment.

A new Best’s Market Segment Report, titled, “Market Segment Outlook: Global Reinsurance,” states that although rates in the non-life reinsurance market have improved modestly, pricing has not kept adequate pace with the changing risk dynamics, as illustrated by loss development from events such as hurricanes Irma and Maria and Typhoon Jebi, and potential losses from more-recent events (e.g., Hurricane Dorian). Property catastrophe pricing still is being driven by the availability of third-party capital; however, the increasing interdependence between traditional capacity and third-party capital through joint ventures, retrocession and direct ownership should serve to more closely align return objectives for the market overall. Third-party capital also represents a benefit in the form of stabilized earnings of rated balance sheets, due to tail risk being assumed by this capital.

Overall market conditions are improving, but AM Best remains concerned about insufficient rate adequacy relating to certain U.S. casualty lines, a steady decline in the benefit of favorable reserve releases and the pervasive low interest rate environment. The collective effect of these factors requires underwriting discipline, and failure to react to these pressures could adversely affect the segment.

The report outlines other factors that are driving the stable market segment outlook, including:

  • AM Best believes alternative third-party capital will hold the line on future return expectations following the recent heavy catastrophe loss years;
  • A decline in capital consumption and earnings volatility, due in part to the increased utilization of third-party capital in retrocessionaire programs;
  • Greater emphasis on underwriting discipline due to pressure on interest rates and potential slower economic growth globally;
  • Improving pricing momentum driven by higher loss costs, coupled with lower loss reserve redundancies;
  • Increased demand for non-life reinsurance due to primary companies’ recent loss experience, as well as new risk transfer opportunities and mergers and acquisitions;
  • Stable operating performance among life reinsurers, which continue to maintain defensible market positions and offer services beyond risk transfer that create hurdles for new entrants.

To access the full copy of the overall global reinsurance briefing, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=292334.

Separate briefings on the non-life and life reinsurance segments can be viewed at:

To view a video with AM Best Associate Director Scott Mangan about the global reinsurance market segment outlook, please visit http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=globalreoutlook1219.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data provider specializing in the insurance industry. The company does business in more than 100 countries. Headquartered in Oldwick, NJ, AM Best has offices in cities around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. and/or its affiliates.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Robert DeRose
Senior Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5435
robert.derose@ambest.com

Greg Carter
Managing Director
+44 20 7397 0288
greg.carter@ambest.com

Michael Porcelli, FSA
Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5548
michael.porcelli@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com

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