FairPoint Reconnects East Dover & South Newfane in Record Time

Hundreds now have phone service after disastrous Irene damage




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Sabina Haskell
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (September 16, 2011) - FairPoint Communications, northern New England's leading telecommunications provider, has East Dover and South Newfane reconnected weeks ahead of schedule.

FairPoint lost critical equipment and large sections of poles and cables in the deluge that wiped out wide areas of East Dover and surrounding communities.

"It was essentially starting from scratch," said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. "There were no roads, no power and almost nothing left after Irene in this area.

"FairPoint crews literally rebuilt the complex network in several weeks, which would normally take up to a year to repair. It's nothing short of incredible," Smith said.

The project involved coordination and extraordinary effort from multiple FairPoint teams, from supply chain, engineering, contract work, right of way, construction and operations.

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).