Five College Net provides enterprise customers and service providers with custom-built, carrier-neutral dark fiber optic networks. Because it owns nearly all of the network that it operates and maintain, Five College Net provides customers with a low cost of operation and high levels of reliability and control, all the while providing them with round-the-clock service.

Five College Net will build the final connection between a customer and the Five College Network. The customer then contracts with one of the many carriers available at the Springfield hub. If a customer wants to link multiple sites, we will design and build a network, linking it to the Five College Network at appropriate points. We do not provide lit services on our network; our customers therefore have control over their own optics and thus their own network carrying capacity. With the flexibility of leasing their own custom networks, our customers have access to extensive bandwidth. In addition, we facilitate connections to service providers within the hub located at One Federal Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the following service providers may be contracted.

One Federal Street, Springfield, Massachusetts “carrier hotel”

Verizon - IXC, Tier 1 ISP, ILEC


Sprint - IXC, Tier 1 ISP

Level 3 - IXC, Tier 1 ISP

Global Crossing - IXC, Tier 1 ISP

Sidera - IXC

NERIN - Tier 1 ISP

Crocker Communications - CLEC

One Comm - CLEC

Holyoke Gas & Electric - CLEC


AccessPlus - CAP


FiberTech - CAP

Lightower - CAP

Pocket Wireless - Wireless Carrier, ISP

GAW - Wireless Carrier, ISP

Country Roads Wireless - Wireless Carrier, ISP