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Todd Lechtenberg promoted to PAETEC SVP of Engineering

PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET) has promoted Todd Lechtenberg to Senior Vice President of Engineering. Building on his nearly 20 years of engineering and planning experience, Mr. Lechtenberg will lead the company’s network engineering functions including traditional TDM technologies, packet-based voice and data services, and developing new technology infrastructure.

Mr. Lechtenberg promotion follows the announcement that Sanjay Hiranandani, previous SVP of engineering and current Chief Technology Officer, had accepted a leadership role over PAETEC’s rapidly expanding data center and cloud-services division. Mr. Hiranandani will continue as the company’s CTO.

Leading a team of engineers, and planners, Todd Lechtenberg will continue to develop and execute a strategy for serving PAETEC customers with innovative, fault-tolerant solutions using the latest technological advancements. The team also engineers core infrastructure and next-generation product sets, while supporting the design and deployment of all PAETEC network elements.

Mr. Lechtenberg joined PAETEC as part of the acquisition of McLeodUSA in 2008. Prior to joining McLeodUSA in 2000, he held leadership roles in Network Planning at WilTel and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Lechtenberg and his family will relocate from PAETEC’s office in Tulsa, Okla. to the company’s headquarters in Fairport, N.Y.

PAETEC McLeodUSA acquisition approved by FCC

PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET) announced that it and McLeodUSA Inc. have received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval required in connection with PAETEC’s proposed acquisition of McLeodUSA.

On September 17, 2007, PAETEC announced that it and McLeodUSA had entered into a definitive merger agreement.

As previously announced, the companies have received notice from the Federal Trade Commission that early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect to their proposed transaction has been granted.

The transaction, which remains subject to other regulatory approvals and closing conditions, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008.

PAETEC (NASDAQ GS: PAET) is personalizing business communications for medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations and institutions across the United States. We offer a comprehensive suite of voice, data, and IP services, as well as enterprise communications management software, network security solutions, CPE, and managed services. For more information, visit www.paetec.com.

About McLeodUSAMcLeodUSA provides managed IP-based communications services to small and medium-sized enterprises, and traditional circuit-switched telephony services to commercial customers in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, Southwest and Northwest regions of the nation. McLeodUSA delivers a wide variety of broadband IP-based voice and data solutions, targeting primarily small and medium-sized enterprises and multilocation commercial customers. For more information, visit www.McLeodUSA.com.

Additional Information and Where to Find it
PAETEC Holding Corp. has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-146778), which contains a proxy statement/prospectus, subject to completion, regarding the proposed merger transaction, as well as other relevant documents concerning the transaction. WE URGE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THESE OTHER DOCUMENTS AS AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PAETEC, MCLEODUSA INCORPORATED AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to PAETEC’s stockholders seeking their approval of PAETEC’s issuance of shares in the transaction and to security holders of McLeodUSA Incorporated. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed by PAETEC with the SEC at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. Free copies of PAETEC’s SEC filings are available on PAETEC’s web site at www.paetec.com and also may be obtained without charge by directing a request to PAETEC Holding Corp., One PAETEC Plaza, Fairport, New York 14450, Attn: Investor Relations.

PAETEC and its directors and executive officers may be deemed, under SEC rules, to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from PAETEC’s stockholders with respect to the proposed transaction. Information regarding PAETEC’s directors and executive officers is included in its annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 2, 2007. More detailed information regarding the identity of potential participants and their direct or indirect interests in the transaction, by securities holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and other documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

Phone+ Magazine announces Top Channel Managers & Programs

PHONE+ magazine, a monthly publication of Virgo Publishing LLC for the telecommunications indirect sales channel, today announced the winners in its Top 15 Channel Managers and Top 50 Channel Programs contest. The results are published in the magazine’s first-ever Channel Program Guide special issue, available now at www.phoneplusmag.com/ebooks.

PHONE+ is very proud to honor the Top 15 Channel Managers. These telecom professionals were nominated by master agents, subagents and independent agents. The nominees’ names were placed on a ballot and voted on by PHONE+ readers and supporters. The winners are Jeff Balsewich, TNCI; Hilary Corno, TelePacific Communications; Suzanne Duda, PAETEC; Steve Ferrigno, One Communications; Manny Ferrufino, Qwest; Amir Hojjatnia, TelePacific Communications; David Luther, BCN Solutions Express; Ruth Morford, ACC Business; Mara Nursement, TNCI; Tara Purcell, AT&T; Brian Sheehan, AboveNet; Art Solares, First Communications; Melanie Sunahara, Global Crossing; Dan Szabo, Qwest; and William Tharp, XO Communications.

“PHONE+ is proud to honor these individuals. It is their hard work and dedication that makes the indirect channel a successful and well-oiled machine,” said Mike Saxby, group publisher for PHONE+.

Hundreds of companies submitted their channel program details in hopes of being recognized as a Top 50 Channel Program. Voted on by indirect sales partners, these communications suppliers — carriers, resellers, master agents and manufacturers — provide their agents with that extra something — extra attention, rapid quotes, sales training or special promotions — that makes agents want to do business with them.

PHONE+ congratulates the following Top 50 Channel Programs as selected by its readers: 5 Star Communications, ACC Business, AccuConference, AireSpring Communications, AT&T Inc., Avaya Inc., Bandwave Systems, Broadview Networks, Cavalier Telephone, Comstar Interactive, The Conference Group, Covad Communications, CTI Group (Holdings), Eastern IT Group LLC, Embarq, Excel Telecommunications, Granite Telecommunications, Hughes Network Systems LLC, InterCall, iTEMize Technologies, Level 3 Communications, McGraw Communications, McLeodUSA, MegaPath, MicroCorp Inc., NBS, New Edge Networks, NuVox Communications, Once Communications Corp., PAETEC, Pioneer Telephone, PowerNet Global Communications, Premiere Global Services, Qwest Communications, Samsung BCS, ShoreTel, Speakeasy, Sprint Nextel, TBI, Telarus Inc., Time Warner Cable Business Class, TMC Communications, TNCI, UCN Inc., US Signal Co., USA Digital Communication Inc., Verizon, Wholesale Carrier Services Inc., World Telecom Group, and XO Communications.

“PHONE+ is honored to bestow special recognition upon these standouts. Their support for the indirect channel, and gains in the telecom industry overall, are much appreciated and lauded,” Saxby said.

In addition to recognizing the Top 15 Channel Mangers and the Top 50 Channel Programs, the PHONE+ Channel Program Guide special issue includes articles that focus on the key traits of a successful channel program and master agency, how to sustain a healthy partner relationship, and the anatomy of an agent agreement. For more information, visit www.phoneplusmag.com.

About Virgo Publishing:
Virgo Publishing is a dynamic information services company specializing in communications through print and electronic media, trade shows and special events, education and training, and value-added business services. In general, each print magazine serves as a platform to create communities through the integration of publishing, events and the Web. For information, visit www.vpico.com.

About PHONE+
PHONE+ magazine is the country’s leading publication for communication distribution channels. For more than two decades, PHONE+ has been the undisputed leader in providing news and analysis to alternate distribution channels serving the communications industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services and associated CPE, applications and professional services.

PHONE+ has a companion Web site, www.phoneplusmag.com ; a weekly newsletter, PHONE+Line; an annual buyer’s guide; an annual Source Book and an annual Channel Program Guide; and it hosts regular Webinars.
It also hosts the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, the industry’s only event exclusively for the channel. The spring conference is set for March 10-12 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.channelpartnersconference.com.

PAETEC to Acquire Allworx

PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Allworx Corp., a privately held company, in a $25 million all-cash acquisition. Allworx develops, designs, markets, and sells a complete phone and network system. Upon the closing of this acquisition, PAETEC will add a subsidiary with manufacturing, distribution, and software and digital hardware engineering services that are designed to benefit small and medium-sized businesses. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in October 2007.

With the September 17 announcement that it has signed an agreement to acquire McLeodUSA, PAETEC is expected to enhance its offerings to small and medium-sized business customers. The Allworx portfolio should allow PAETEC to better serve this market. This portfolio includes integrated PBX/Key telephone and network systems and VoIP telephones with a series of advanced communications software options, such as conference calling and call queuing.

McLeodUSA’s SIP Trunking Avaya complient

At today’s COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2007 Convention & Expo, McLeodUSA announced that the company’s Dynamic Integrated Access service with session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking for IP PBX customers has been rated compliant with IP telephony solutions for small and medium businesses from Avaya Inc. (NYSE: AV) is a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services.

McLeodUSA provides managed Internet protocol (IP) communications services to small and medium-sized enterprises in the midwestern and western United States. The company’s Dynamic Integrated Access service with SIP trunking integrates local and long-distance voice service with high-speed Internet or VPN networking over one, high-performance connection. Now the McLeodUSA service has been tested by Avaya for interoperability with Avaya IP Office, an award-winning converged voice and data communications solution used by more than 100,000 small and medium businesses around the globe.

Businesses using the combined Avaya and McLeodUSA solution can double their network efficiency by replacing higher-cost primary rate interface (PRI) connections with a SIP trunk instead. While PRIs typically cap out at 24 voice paths, McLeodUSA’s SIP trunking solution uses compression techniques to deliver up to 50 high-quality voice paths simultaneously over a single T1 connection. Customers can dynamically allocate this bandwidth among voice, data and Internet requirements and can use a Web-based control panel to revise their service and change features in real-time, from any computer with Internet access.

“Avaya IP Office with McLeodUSA SIP trunking is available now, and it