FairPoint Communications Upgrades Broadband Service in 38 Towns Across Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FairPoint Communications1 (Nasdaq:FRP) is pleased to announce the completion of broadband expansion projects in 38 towns in Vermont. As a result of these upgrades, faster broadband speeds are available to approximately 39,250 locations in these communities – including some addresses for the first time.

“Broadband is an essential tool in our daily lives,” said Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint’s Vermont state president. “We know Vermonters want fast, reliable broadband service to help families connect, students learn, and businesses compete. FairPoint's upgrades can make a big impact, especially for those who live and work in rural Vermont. It is rewarding to know that these direct investments made by FairPoint and implemented by our dedicated employees will offer more advanced broadband access to our customers and play an important role in improving the quality of life in these communities.”

As a result of this upgrade project, more residents and businesses can quickly e-mail photos, download music, stream video, and surf the Internet in the following communities:

BarreHardwickSouth Burlington
BerlinLondonderry Stowe
BrattleboroNorth HeroVernon
ColchesterRandolphWest Windsor
Derby LineReadingWestford
Essex Junction RochesterWindsor

Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $900 million in its communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to northern New England, including building thousands of miles of new fiber optic network across the region. FairPoint’s fiber-based, high capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.

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.

Contact: Angelynne Beaudry 802-951-1524 aamores@fairpoint.com

Source:FairPoint Communications, Inc.