A Washington REIT spokeswoman told GlobeSt.com that the deal didnot require Cogent to wire or provide equipment for any of thebuildings, because they were already equipped.

Cogent is a private company, based in Washington, which hasraised nearly $500 million in financing to build its network. Thecompany offers services in 11 markets and hopes to be in 20 marketsby the end of 2001.

One of the company's chief rivals is another local provider,eLink Communications. ELink wires older buildings for high-speedservices, as well as offering services through exclusivearrangements with office property owners.

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