FairPoint Completes Network Upgrades in Windham County


Project allows for growth, faster speeds in Towns

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (March 12, 2013) - FairPoint Communications continues to invest heavily in its Vermont network, now adding greater speeds and growth opportunities at its central office switching centers in Bellows Falls, Jacksonville, Newfane and Wilmington.

"We continue to take the lead in bringing broadband Internet to Vermonters, including boosting growth and speed in areas where demand is especially strong," said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. "With nearly a $100 million investment in our network and 1,100 miles of new fiber in Vermont, FairPoint is wiring the Green Mountain State with next-generation technology."

The network upgrades include VantagePoint Ethernet high-speed equipment additions, enabling more customers to achieve the full speed potential of the next-generation network. This deployment will allow residential customers in Windham County to qualify for higher broadband speeds - up to 15M, based on distance.

More than 6,550 customer lines will benefit from the effort.

Upgrades are also underway in additional communities in Vermont.

Building the most robust and versatile network across the region is crucial to handle the increasing demands for bandwidth, Smith said.

"FairPoint's network and carrier Ethernet services are versatile enough to fit the needs of any business customer," Smith said. "It's why so many regional banks, health care facilities, schools and government entities continue to count on us."

FairPoint provides residential speed options up to 15Mbps, while business customers can customize their connections with speeds as fast as 1 Gbps.

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 17 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).

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