FairPoint Introduces Carrier Ethernet Service 2.0 at COMPTEL Plus

Class of Service (CoS) now available on fiber access E-Line services

 

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 4, 2012) - FairPoint Communications, the leading source of wholesale services for northern New England, today announced its release of Carrier Ethernet Services (CES) 2.0, an enhancement to its current E-Line Carrier Ethernet Services product specifically designed for the wholesale market.

"We are excited to partner with our customers to provide advanced Ethernet capabilities," said Tony Tomae, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "FairPoint is committed to continued network and service investment in northern New England."

FairPoint's Carrier Ethernet services are designed to provide the flexibility and reliability demanded by the wholesale market. The company offers E-Line services including Ethernet Private Line and Ethernet Virtual Private Line for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions, with speeds ranging from 5 Mbps to 1 Gbps. FairPoint's new Class of Service (CoS) capability, allows customers to prioritize traffic based on application.

"This service is a great step for FairPoint in the wholesale segment," said Roopashree Honnachari, program manager of business communication services at Frost & Sullivan. "It's taking Ethernet to the next level. Standardized class of service for the wholesale market is not something many others are offering today."�

FairPoint wholesale has the largest owned and managed fiber network in northern New England, with more than 14,000 route miles of fiber across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Eighty percent of FairPoint's central offices are equipped with Carrier Ethernet Services (CES), connecting to more than 95 percent of New England businesses.

FairPoint manages its network with 1,100 in-footprint engineers and technical experts and a 24/7 Network Operations Center.

For more information on Carrier Ethernet Service 2.0, please contact your wholesale account team or visit FairPoint on the web at http://www.fairpoint.com/wholesale.

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality 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 fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. 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).

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