WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today issued the following statement on the announcement that Cisco intends to acquire Lightwire, Inc, of Allentown:

"I was extremely proud to learn Cisco, a global leader in Networking and Telecommunication Systems, intends to acquire Allentown’s Lightwire, Inc. The efforts of its pioneering leaders have made Lightwire a remarkable local success story and among the most consequential business developments in this region’s history. The company’s acquisition by a global corporation with the size and reputation of Cisco – for $271 million -- speaks volumes about the innovative capabilities and highly-skilled workforce of our region. This acquisition further strengthens and cements the Lehigh Valley’s status as a growing domestic and international leader in optical interconnect solutions. Congratulations to Lightwire, its founders and, most of all, its extraordinary employees on this momentous achievement.”