Metropolitan Fiber Systems

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Metropolitan Fiber Systems Inc, later known as MFS Communications Company, was a last mile provider of business grade telecommunication products such as long distance, and Internet access through its own fiber rings in major central business districts throughout North America and Europe. MFS had three divisions; MFS Telecom: Access, MFS DataNet: X.25, Frame and ATM, and MFS Intelinet: Local and Long Distance voice. MFS purchased UUNET in 1996 and was acquired by WorldCom soon after. With the newly acquired assets, WorldCom became a powerhouse in the late 1990s but fell into financial issues due to bad management from WorldCom executives. The majority of the Legacy MFS Executives (through the help of Kiewit and other investors) started another company, Level 3 Communications. MFS was well known as the first major competitive local exchange carrier bypassing incumbent local exchange carrier connections and their high prices.[1]


  1. ^ Rohde, David. Network World. Framingham: Oct 4, 1993.Vol.10, Iss. 40; pg. 33, 1 pgs