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ATLANTA, Nov. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced its TotalCloud® Phone System has been named a Small or Medium Business Service of the Year (Bronze Winner) in the 2013 Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

Cbeyond's TotalCloud Phone System (TCPS) is an innovative cloud-based communications service. Designed specifically for single or multi-location businesses with office, remote and mobile workers, TotalCloud Phone System can route and prioritize voice traffic via Cbeyond's carrier-class private IP-network. The cost-effective hosted phone system technology also reduces or eliminates initial equipment expenditures and the ongoing labor and support costs of maintaining a traditional, on-premise phone system.

In August 2013, Cbeyond introduced Communications on the Go ("COMGO"), which bundles several Cbeyond products: TotalCloud Phone System, Cbeyond Communicator (for desktop and mobile), Cbeyond Mobile, and Cbeyond's Managed Network Service. The COMGO solution extends the power of TotalCloud Phone System to smartphones and provides customers with a seamlessly integrated solution for mobile workers at a great bundled price.

The third annual Best in Biz Awards program, focusing on companies based or operating in North America, was the most competitive in its history, with the highest number of awards submissions to date and the most distinguished judging panel yet assembled. More than 500 entries were received this year, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada.

Best in Biz Awards 2013 honors were presented in more than 50 categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Best Place to Work, Technology Department of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Product of the Year, Best New Product of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year and Website of the Year.

"Cbeyond's TotalCloud Phone System addresses the main obstacles SMBs encounter daily - dealing with the complexity of communications and the need to easily and cost-effectively scale their technology infrastructure in line with business needs," said Bill Thomson, senior director, product management, Cloud Services at Cbeyond. "We're excited to be recognized for the innovation TotalCloud Phone System continues to deliver since the service was first launched in December 2012."

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2013 were determined by an independent panel of 51 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as Accounting Today, Arizona Daily Star, Atlanta Tribune, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cascade Business News, Chicago Tribune, Chip Design Magazine, Computerworld, Crain's New York Business, CRN, Dallas Morning News, Dayton Business Journal, Detroit Free Press, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek Channel Insider, Executive Travel Magazine, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Hartford Business Journal, Hartford Courant, Inc. Magazine, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Law Technology News, Miami Herald, Memphis Business Journal, Network World, NorthBay Biz, Orange County Register, PC Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal, Pittsburgh Business Times, Prairie Business Magazine, Quad-City Times, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Savannah Morning News, Small Business Digest, South Florida Business Journal, Tech.Blorge, Tech-Gaming, Times (Munster, Indiana), Upstart Business Journal and USA Today.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2013, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2013-winners.

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About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), a cloud and communications services provider, is the technology ally for small and mid-sized business. Our private, proactively-managed IP network connects customers to voice, data and enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data centers. Since 1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through technology and service innovation. We were the first company to build an all-IP network specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer consultative sales and service professionals onsite. Today, our expanded portfolio helps customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower to manage infrastructure. Creating an exceptional customer experience is in our DNA. For more information on Cbeyond, visit http://www.cbeyond.com and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cbeyond.

About Best in Biz Awards

Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in three separate programs annually: North America, EMEA, and International. Entries are currently being accepted in the third annual Best in Biz Awards 2013 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) program, until the final entry deadline on January 24, 2014. Any organization from any industry operating in EMEA may enter any of the more than 50 company, department or team, executive and product categories. For more information about the entry process and categories in the EMEA program, please visit: http://emea.bestinbizawards.com.

CONTACT: Media Contacts:
         Helga Ojinmah
         Cbeyond
         678-370-2243
         helga.ojinmah@cbeyond.com
         
         Patrick Foarde
         Ketchum
         (404) 879 9254
         patrick.foarde@ketchum.com

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