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FairPoint Communications Continues Network Upgrades in 13 towns in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine, July 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FairPoint Communications1 announced today that it continues to invest in its network by upgrading technology at Central Offices located in the Maine towns of Brownville, Bucksport, Columbia, Danforth, Dixfield, Frenchville, Guilford, Lubec, Madison, Monson, Skowhegan, Waldoboro and Wells. These upgrades mean FairPoint now delivers faster broadband speeds to more than 32,450 locations in these towns.

“Today’s announcement of faster broadband speeds in these communities is terrific news,” said Maine Governor Paul LePage. “In today’s world, broadband plays a crucial role in our state’s ability to attract and retain businesses and residents.”

“We continue to take the lead in bringing broadband to Mainers who have little or no high-speed access while boosting capacity and speed in areas where demand is especially strong,” said Mike Reed, Maine state president for FairPoint. “With our investment in our network and miles of new fiber in Maine, FairPoint is expanding the reach of next-generation technology throughout the Pine Tree State.”

A Central Office is a physical building typically located in the center of town and houses the telecommunications equipment needed to deliver broadband service to residents and businesses. The upgrade brings a range of high-speed Internet options to these communities and depending on the customer’s distance from the upgraded Central Office, some can qualify for up to 25 Mbps download speed.2

Since 2014, FairPoint has upgraded 46 Central Offices bringing high-speed Internet to more than 65,400 locations throughout Maine. FairPoint has also invested more than $900 million in its northern New England communications infrastructure and technology since April 2008 enabling the company to reach new customers, upgrade its network and expand Internet access. FairPoint’s network – with approximately 17,000 miles of fiber in northern New England – is the largest in the region.

To find out more details, including Internet service speed eligibility, information about prices and bundled plans, or to schedule a professional installation of services, residential consumers can call 1-866.984.2001 and business customers can call 1-866.984.3001.

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRP) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states. Leveraging an owned, fiber-based Ethernet network — with more than 21,000 route miles of fiber, including approximately 17,000 route miles of fiber in northern New England — FairPoint has the network coverage, scalable bandwidth and transport capacity to support enhanced applications, including the next generation of mobile and cloud-based communications, such as small cell wireless backhaul technology, voice over IP, data center colocation services, managed services and disaster recovery. For more information, visit www.FairPoint.com.

1 Services are provided through operating subsidiaries of FairPoint Communications, Inc.
2 Maximum Internet speeds referenced are only available in select areas. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability. Actual customer speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on a number of factors including site traffic and congestion, components within your computer such as processor speeds, memory and hardware and software configuration, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors and customer device capabilities.

Media Contact: Angelynne Beaudry 207-210-3079 aamores@fairpoint.com

Source:FairPoint Communications, Inc.