FairPoint Restores Service in Rochester

Village center has phone service; crews work to connect rest of town




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Sabina Haskell
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (September 1, 2011) - FairPoint Communications, northern New England's leading telecommunications provider, has reconnected hard-hit Rochester with phone service after the Windsor County town was marooned by Tropical Storm Irene.

By midnight Wednesday, service was restored to the village center and FairPoint expects to bring more side streets and the rest of the town back to full service today.

"Rochester got walloped by Tropical Storm Irene and it is taking Herculean efforts to bring back services," said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. "It's an important beginning on the long road back for Rochester."

FairPoint will continue to provide updates as the work progresses.

About FairPoint
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).