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Optimum Lightpath Expands Management Team with Two Executive Appointments
Aug 05, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)


JERICHO, N.Y., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Optimum Lightpath(SM), an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based communications services over its Intelligent Enterprise Network, today announced the expansion of its management team with the appointments of Christopher Rabii, Ph. D. as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Julia McGrath as Vice President of Strategic Integration.

In his new role as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, Dr. Rabii will be responsible for all activities related to network engineering and operations, including the network design, fiber plant construction, engineering, field operations, maintenance and monitoring of Optimum Lightpath's network services, and the overall strategic vision for the evolution of the network architecture. As Vice President of Strategic Integration for Optimum Lightpath, Ms. McGrath will lead strategic business development and integration activities focused on fostering growth.

"We are delighted that Chris and Julia have joined the Optimum Lightpath team," said Dave Pistacchio, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Optimum Lightpath. "They each bring a depth of expertise and experience to their respective roles with the Company, and I am certain they will be instrumental in continuing our commitment to deliver advanced business communications services and solutions to businesses across the tri-state area."

Prior to assuming his current role at Optimum Lightpath, Mr. Rabii held various management positions over the course of nearly 10 years at AboveNet Communications, based in White Plains, NY. Most recently, as Vice President of Engineering at AboveNet, he had overall engineering responsibility for all metro, long haul and IP networks. Prior to joining AboveNet, he was a research and development Project Manager in the area of fiber optic laser delivery methods at Premier Laser Systems, a medical device manufacturer based in Irvine, CA. He has a doctorate degree from in Engineering with a focus in Fiber Optics.

Ms. McGrath brings 26 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry to her new role at Optimum Lightpath, having held various executive level positions in operations, sales management, marketing and business development at companies including Time Warner Cable, TCI, DirectTV and Wide Open West, where she was co-owner operator. Most recently, she spent five years with Cablevision in various senior level operations management positions including Vice President of Customer Service Operations and Senior Vice President of Fulfillment Operations.

About Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath(SM), a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation www.optimumlightpath.com , is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath's Intelligent Enterprise Network is a highly reliable, resilient and scalable fiber-to-the- business-premises network extending more than 2,750 route miles and is connected to over 2,800 buildings. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world's largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 10 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership. For more information, visit .

About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV(SM) digital television, Optimum Online(R) high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice(R) digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings LLC operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, along with other national and regional networks. In addition to its telecommunications and programming businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.

Media Contacts: Jennifer Moritz Zer0 to 5ive for Optimum Lightpath 917-748-4006 jmoritz@0to5.com Charlstie Laytin Cablevision 516-803-2357 claytin@cablevision.com

CONTACT: Jennifer Moritz, Zer0 to 5ive for Optimum Lightpath, jmoritz@0to5.com+1-917-748-4006, ; or Charlstie Laytin, Cablevision,+1-516-803-2357,

Web site: http://www.optimumlightpath.com/