FairPoint Employees Recognized for Outstanding NH Primary Efforts


Media Contact:

Jeff Nevins

MANCHESTER, N.H. (February 1, 2012) - Dozens of FairPoint employees were honored Wednesday for their outstanding efforts in connecting global media giants with the data, voice and Internet capabilities needed to cover New Hampshire's First in the Nation Primary.

FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu, New Hampshire State President Pat McHugh and Kim Roy, general manager of the Radisson Hotel Manchester, applauded the FairPoint teamwork and resourcefulness that transformed the Radisson into "media central" for primary week reporting.

As the NH Primary approached, the Radisson turned to FairPoint to upgrade its Internet, voice and data capabilities in order to host hundreds of reporters from major media outlets like ABC, CBS, NBC, CSPAN, NPR, HD Net, Associated Press and others; the Radisson simply did not have the broadband capacity to meet the surging needs of the media outlets located there.

"We couldn't have accommodated the data, broadband and voice needs of so many media outlets without FairPoint," said Kim Roy, general manager of the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. "They worked around the clock to install fiber throughout our hotel, allowing over 20 media outlets to operate simultaneously and efficiently. These improvements make our hotel and the city of Manchester more attractive to major businesses and trade shows moving forward."

FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu said, "This is yet another example of the tremendous capabilities of our employees and capacity of our network. We cannot thank our employees enough for their outstanding work. It was truly a collaborative effort across multiple departments."

FairPoint produced a video chronicling the project that can be viewed on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/myfairpoint.

In the video, New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta states, "FairPoint has been a great advocate of the NH Primary. They're working very hard to make sure we are connected not only in New Hampshire but to the country and the world. I commend them for what they've done in making sure that all of the networks here are connected with the world."

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) 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 affordable 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 network provides Ethernet connections that support video conferencing, e-learning and other broadband based applications. 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).