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185 Berry Street, Suite 4800
San Francisco, CA 94107
415.659.3500 (Phone)
415.659.0007 (Fax)

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185 Berry Street, Suite 4800
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Ernst & Young LLP
5 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6530

About Fibertower Corporation (FTWR:NAS/GM).

Who We Are

FiberTower Corporation provides facilities-based backhaul services to wireless carriers in the United States. Backhaul is the transport of voice, video and data traffic from a wireless carrier's mobile base station, or cell site, to their mobile switching center, where the traffic is then switched onto a fixed telecommunications network. As of December 31, 2007, it deployed 2,813 sites, including 2,148 billing sites. The company was incorporated in 2000 and is based in San Francisco, California.

FiberTower Corporation is a backhaul and access transport provider focused primarily on the wireless carrier market. With its extensive spectrum footprint in 24 GHz and 39 GHz bands, carrier-class microwave and fiber networks in 13 major markets, customer commitments from six of the leading cellular carriers, and partnerships with the largest tower operators in the U.S, FiberTower is considered to be the leading alternative carrier for wireless backhaul.

FiberTower was formed in 2000 to address the weakest link in rapidly evolving wireless networks - backhaul. Backhaul is defined as the all-important transport piece between a carrier's cell site (base station at the cell tower) and its switching facility.

Due to the rollout of mobile broadband access networks, bandwidth demand in the wireless network is rising exponentially, putting considerable strain on a decades-old copper infrastructure designed to backhaul voice traffic. Today, with the advent of wireless data, carriers seek scalable, flexible and cost-effective backhaul alternatives that will support their 3G and 4G broadband initiatives. Such alternatives, including microwave and fiber, are the new evolution in wireless backhaul.

Fibertower's Spectrum Map and Area Coverage
Spectrum leasing is a flexible option for carriers and service providers to fill in network gaps. FiberTower enables this through its 24/39 GHz fixed wireless spectrum portfolio, the most expansive of its kind in the US.

FiberTower has networks operating in 13 major markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, NJ/NY, Pittsburgh, San Antonio/Austin/Waco, Tampa and Washington DC.

FTWR Management

Kurt Van Wagenen, President and Chief Executive Officer
Kurt Van Wagenen serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for FiberTower. Prior to FiberTower, he served as President and CEO of NEON (formerly Globix Corporation) from January of 2007 until November of 2007 when NEON merged with RCN Corporation. Prior to being appointed CEO of NEON, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Globix Corporation after being promoted from his prior position as Chief Operating Officer of Globix Corporation's Network Services division. Van Wagenen also served as Vice President of Network and Operations for NEON Communications from 2001 until the merger of NEON and Globix in 2005. Before joining NEON in 2001, Van Wagenen was employed by Verizon Communications and its various predecessors in diverse positions of increasing responsibility, where he commenced his employment in 1986. Van Wagenen holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Ravi Potharlanka, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ravi Potharlanka serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for FiberTower. He is responsible for day to day operations of FiberTower's markets. Prior to joining FiberTower, Potharlanka served as VP of International Market Development at Teligent, where he managed the operations of International joint ventures. Prior to that, he was Director of Market Development for Teligent's domestic operations. Potharlanka also worked as Director of Product and Technology Development at Nextel Corporation as well as Manager of Technology Development at Airtouch. He holds a BE in Electronics and Communications Engineering from REC, Trichy (India), an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Thomas Scott, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Scott serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at FiberTower. He is responsible for finance, administration and strategic planning. Prior to FiberTower, Scott was the CFO of First Avenue Networks, which merged with FiberTower in August of 2006. Prior to that, Scott had several interim senior management roles as a consultant, including President and Chief Financial Officer at Teligent. Scott also worked for Winstar Communications' corporate development group and held investment-banking positions with Montgomery Securities (Banc of America Securities), Thomas Weisel Partners and Merrill Lynch. He holds a BA and MBA from the University of Virginia.

David Leeds Michael Finlayson, Senior Vice President, Technology
Michael Finlayson serves as Senior Vice President of Technology at FiberTower, where he heads national engineering and technology initiatives. Prior to FiberTower, Finlayson served as Vice President of Technology for First Avenue Networks, a FiberTower predecessor company. Before First Avenue, Finlayson served as Senior Technical Consultant for Flarion Technologies where he was responsible for technical consulting worldwide, including the deployment and testing of 3G/4G mobile broadband networks for major cellular operators across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior to that, Finlayson held technical management roles for Shasta Networks, culminating in his most recent role there as Midwest Engineering Manager, where he managed the testing and implementation of Shasta's broadband service platform for U.S. carriers. Prior to his tenure with Shasta Networks, Mr. Finlayson held engineering and management positions with Wellfleet Communications (now Bay Networks). Michael Finlayson began his career in networking at the University of Buffalo, where he also attended.

Joseph M. Sandri, Jr., Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Joseph Sandri serves as Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs for FiberTower. He is responsible for all regulatory and business aspects related to FiberTower's extensive spectrum assets. Prior to joining First Avenue, Sandri served as president of IDT Spectrum and senior vice president and regulatory counsel for Winstar/IDT Solutions. Prior to that, he interned in the FCC Mass Media Enforcement and Common Carrier Policy Bureaus. He holds a BS from the University of Maryland, a JD from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, and certification from the Institute for Communications Law Studies in Washington, D.C.

Ferdi Schell, Senior Vice President, Systems
Ferdi Schell serves as, Senior Vice President, Systems for FiberTower, bringing extensive engineering and operations experience in wireless and wireline telecommunications. His responsibilities include National Operations, Network Performance, Facilities Engineering, and IT. Prior to joining FiberTower, Schell worked with BC Tel Mobility as VP of Engineering and Operations (CTO) and Telus Communications as VP of Planning and Engineering (Chief Engineer). He has successfully engineered, built and operated large microwave and fiber backhaul systems in Canada. Schell holds a Master's of Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Diploma of Technology in Telecommunications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Dyaptive Systems in Vancouver Canada.

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Share Structure

Estimated Market Cap - 4,388,794 as of Dec 12, 2011

Outstanding Shares - 15,128,554 as of Dec 21, 2009

Number of Share Holders of Record - Not Available


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#3573  Sticky Note April 10, 2018 hearing to consider the Reorganized Debtor’s codesilver 03/15/18 06:05:47 PM
#3583   Agreed I think it is too far down JL1975 03/16/18 09:51:22 AM
#3582   Given the size of the companies that oppose prkvw75 03/16/18 09:34:10 AM
#3581   My overall point was that we have one JL1975 03/16/18 04:43:13 AM
#3580   Maybe by the moderator? Is that possible? prkvw75 03/15/18 11:22:44 PM
#3579   Why are all my posts being deleted? JL1975 03/15/18 09:47:09 PM
#3578   Sandpaints, I like you and the conversations we wirelessman77 03/15/18 08:58:46 PM
#3573   April 10, 2018 hearing to consider the Reorganized Debtor’s codesilver 03/15/18 06:05:47 PM
#3572   Good take your vacation. You dropped a hornets DD33Slapper 03/15/18 04:51:22 PM
#3571   I don't think you realize we are at DD33Slapper 03/15/18 04:48:24 PM
#3570   Will be taking a vacation. Sandpaints 03/15/18 04:33:06 PM
#3567   So may we assume you prefer a story Sandpaints 03/15/18 04:06:14 PM
#3566   Totally agree with you prkvw75 !!! Not sure Soxwin997 03/15/18 03:25:40 PM
#3565   I’m not sure whether I want to see prkvw75 03/15/18 02:37:41 PM
#3564   "Now, however, some FiberTower shareholders are raising concerns Sandpaints 03/15/18 02:36:25 PM
#3563 Sandpaints 03/15/18 02:21:26 PM
#3562   Sorry message posted 2X. JL1975 03/14/18 09:25:24 PM
#3561   Both are grandstanding leftist hacks. No matter what JL1975 03/14/18 09:25:10 PM
#3560   I thought the same thing when reading . helloyah 03/14/18 08:55:09 PM
#3559   Regardless of CW. Eshoo's motives, she's getting the Sandpaints 03/14/18 08:51:13 PM
#3558   She is nothing more than a puppet for JL1975 03/14/18 08:24:32 PM
#3557   Here is Congresswoman Eshoo's letter to Pai. Sandpaints 03/14/18 07:58:00 PM
#3556   Shareholders are in the money and it is JL1975 03/14/18 07:33:44 PM
#3555   What I know about Congresswoman Anna Eshoo from Sandpaints 03/14/18 07:25:20 PM
#3554   Congresswoman urges revocation of spectrum sales to AT&T, Verizon prkvw75 03/14/18 06:07:40 PM
#3553   prkvw75, the article appears to go after AT&T JL1975 03/14/18 10:35:59 AM
#3552   JL1975 - I appreciate the comments. As prkvw75 03/14/18 09:44:56 AM
#3551   Refers to the New Fibertower. But if you JL1975 03/14/18 08:19:28 AM
#3550   Are you certain that "The Stockholders Purchase Agreement" helloyah 03/14/18 08:00:23 AM
#3549   Author and many of you fail to understand JL1975 03/14/18 06:24:31 AM
#3548   That is worthy journalism seldom found these days, Sandpaints 03/14/18 02:28:40 AM
#3547   AT&T’s Dealings Highlight The Ugly Truth Behind 5G Deployment prkvw75 03/14/18 12:53:00 AM
#3546 codesilver 03/13/18 09:53:32 PM
#3545 codesilver 03/13/18 07:24:39 PM
#3544   they have been warehousing this spectrum for literally helloyah 03/13/18 03:39:19 PM
#3543   Me no likey...that puts Fibertower and every entity Soxwin997 03/13/18 09:11:30 AM
#3542 codesilver 03/13/18 01:25:29 AM
#3541   Two new pleadings under 0007652637 on the FCC prkvw75 03/12/18 06:50:41 PM
#3540   It is all right there in the settlement JL1975 03/12/18 12:21:02 PM
#3539   Unrelated but it does provide a glimmer of atedmac 03/12/18 11:48:19 AM
#3537   Thank you to those who provided information, helps Sandpaints 03/11/18 05:55:08 PM
#3536   Done Deal. Just need to find out what JL1975 03/11/18 04:19:32 PM
#3535 cellardwellar 03/11/18 04:16:10 PM
#3534   Sandpaints, atedmac 03/11/18 03:45:49 PM
#3533   Wording in the Motion for final decree.: Sandpaints 03/11/18 03:26:41 PM
#3532   Nothing added up or sliced out to this ghgh12 03/09/18 06:33:13 PM
#3531   From Levy objection: prkvw75 03/09/18 10:47:49 AM
#3530 codesilver 03/09/18 04:10:24 AM
#3529   Thank you Jermaine Levy. I have no prkvw75 03/08/18 06:01:49 PM
#3528   3-8-2018 Objection Jermaine Levy codesilver 03/08/18 04:14:57 PM
#3527   Quiet before the storm ?? Is tomorrow the Soxwin997 03/08/18 03:46:51 PM