Emergency teams prepare for likely storm damage
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (August 26, 2011)- FairPoint Communications, northern New England's leading telecommunications provider, is readying supplies and personnel to respond to Hurricane Irene's arrival in the region on Sunday.
FairPoint's network is backed up by batteries and generators to help ensure uninterrupted telephone service. FairPoint's emergency planning team also is positioning crews and supplies - poles, cable and other equipment - for rapid deployment should they be needed.
"Communications are vital before, during and after a storm," said Karen Mead, senior vice president of operations for FairPoint. "We're ready for what Irene may bring."
Much of New England could see high winds, flooding and power outages that could last at least several days.
"People should plan for power interruptions and use their plug-in phone to stay connected with friends and family or call for help if the need arises," Mead said. Cordless phones will not work if the power goes out.
During severe storms and massive power outages, FairPoint voice mail customers have been able to store and retrieve calls while answering machines rely on commercial power and therefore may not work, Mead added.
FairPoint Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint's resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection.The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. 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/myfairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).