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November 17, 2009

Football Personality Ron Jaworski Teams up with RCN as Celebrity Spokesman

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

RCN has announced that former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN (News - Alert) “Monday Night Football” analyst Ron Jaworski has signed on to become the spokesman for RCN’s Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, Pa., markets.
“Ron is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering football today. His remarkable achievements as an Eagle and the commitment to community involvement shared by RCN make him a local favorite and an outstanding choice to be RCN’s spokesperson in our Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley markets,” said Peter Aquino (News - Alert), president and CEO of RCN, a provider of all-digital and high-definition video, high-speed Internet and premium services to consumers and SMBs in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, Pa., New York City, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. “We welcome Ron to our all-star home team of local celebrity spokespersons, and are excited he’s partnering with us to speak on behalf of our company.”
The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after RCN revealed that it will use equipment from Metaswitch Networks to upgrade its entire voice network to provide a broad range of IP telephony applications. 
A carrier systems and communications software products and services, Metaswitch was selected for the legacy switch migration and rollout of IP-based services, which will allow RCN (News - Alert) to reduce costs and operational complexity and to provide enhanced products across its customer base, according to both companies.
RCN said in a press statement that Metaswitch’s successful track record of managing complex network migrations and the demonstrated competence of its professional services team will help RCN to deliver on its vision to provide cutting edge, converged services.

“We need to continue to invest in our voice network to stay ahead of the competition,” said Rick Swiderski, vice president of engineering for RCN. “After an in-depth selection process, we identified MetaSphere as the strongest IP voice platform, based on its advanced features, flexibility and powerful, easy-to-use network management tools. It will enable us to deliver the absolute best quality of experience to our customers.”

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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