FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS Upgrades Broadband Service in Hiram, Maine

Broadband upgrade increases high-speed Internet access across town

Contact: Angelynne Beaudry
207-210-3079
aamores@fairpoint.com

HIRAM, MAINE (August 18, 2016) - FairPoint Communications1 is pleased to announce the completion of a broadband upgrade project in Hiram, Maine. As a result of this project, faster broadband speeds are available to approximately 125 locations in the community - some addresses for the first time.

"Broadband access opens doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Maine and is fundamental to the state's future economic growth," said Mike Reed, FairPoint's Maine state president. "Our employees work every day to build more broadband across the state, and we are pleased to make this broadband investment in the town of Hiram."

More residents and businesses can quickly e-mail photos, download music, stream video, and surf the Internet now that FairPoint has upgraded broadband services. Residents on portions of the following streets now qualify for faster broadband speeds:

BARKER POND TRAIL, BUTTERFIELD LANE, CONVENE ROAD, DEARBORN ROAD, HAMPSHIRE STREET, HANCOCK AVENUE
MAIN STREET, NARROW GAUGE TRAIL, PANTHERVILLE PNES, PICKEREL WAY, PINE COVE POINT, SEBAGO ROAD
SOUTHEAST LANE, STACEY LANE, TEAR CAP ROAD, WARDS HILL ROAD, WEIDMAN WAY, WOODCHUCK KNOLL

Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $900 million in its communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to northern New England, including building thousands of miles of new fiber optic network across the region. FairPoint's fiber-based, high capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.

To find out more details including Internet service speed eligibility, information about prices and bundled plans, or to schedule a professional installation of services, residential consumers can call 1-866.984.2001 and business customers can call 1-866.984.3001.

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-based Ethernet network ? with more than 21,000 route miles of fiber, including approximately 17,000 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.

1Services are provided through operating subsidiaries of FairPoint Communications, Inc