FairPoint Reports Acts of Vandalism

Reiterates $5,000 Reward for Information Leading to Conviction of Vandals

Media Contact:

Angelynne Amores Beaudry
207-210-3079 - cellular

PORTLAND, Maine (Jan. 2, 2015) - FairPoint Communications today reminded residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that it is offering� a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any unauthorized persons tampering with, damaging or destroying its network or equipment. The company is reiterating its reward following two acts of vandalism impacting approximately 1,000 customers on January 1, 2015.

"We are again requesting the assistance of the community in identifying those who are vandalizing the network," said company spokesperson Angelynne Beaudry. "Two incidents occurred on New Year's Day - one on New Boston Road in Amherst, New Hampshire and one in Harrington, Maine. In both cases the damage was clearly done by someone who knows telecommunications equipment and knew how to inflict surgical damage to the network. These acts of vandalism are impacting customers' access to emergency services and must stop."

"We are working closely with law enforcement agencies across northern New England and are also asking that members of the public who see something unusual notify local law enforcement immediately," Beaudry continued. "This infrastructure is essential to safety services and to the customers who rely on it, and we will not tolerate sabotage of valuable company assets that provide such critical services to the public."

In addition to reporting all suspicious activity to local law enforcement, anyone with information, or who witnesses suspicious activity, is asked to call 866-348-1675.

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states. Leveraging an owned, fiber-core Ethernet network - including more than 16,000 route miles of fiber in northern New England - FairPoint has the network coverage, scalable bandwidth and transport capacity to support enhanced applications, including the next generation of mobile and cloud-based communications, such as small cell wireless backhaul technology, voice over IP, data center colocation services, managed services and disaster recovery. For more information, visit www.FairPoint.com.