FairPoint Restores Services for Vermont Public Safety in Waterbury




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Sabina Haskell
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (September 1, 2011) - FairPoint Communications, northern New England's leading telecommunications provider, has reconnected local police stations and barracks with Vermont Public Safety's headquarters in Waterbury, ensuring that safety personnel will have up-to-the-minute information to help marooned Vermonters.

The new public safety facility at the State Office Complex in Waterbury was deluged by Tropical Storm Irene, making it that much more difficult to reach out to Vermonters coping with the storm's aftermath.

With thousands of Vermonters waiting for essential services, FairPoint deployed a dozen engineers and technicians to redesign and install the high-speed data backbone that will allow first responders across Vermont to access state resources.

"Within 48 hours, FairPoint designed and installed a state-of-the-art technology solution incorporating our VantagePoint(SM) network," said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. "When it comes to helping Vermonters in a crisis, communications are of prime importance."

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).