FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS SNHU Deploys FairPoint's Gigabit Ethernet Network

to Support Online Learning

Contact: Angelynne Beaudry

Manchester, N.H. (October 25, 2016) - FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), has upgraded Southern New Hampshire University's (SNHU) Ethernet network to connect several locations in New Hampshire with gigabit Internet. Now, one of the fastest-growing universities in the nation has the scalable bandwidth to meet the growing demands of both physical and virtual classrooms.

"With more than 85,000 students on campus and online, Southern New Hampshire University needs a technology service provider that can keep pace," said Daryl Dreffs, IT Chief Operating Officer. "FairPoint Communications helps provide a seamless learning experience for our students whether they are attending class on campus, at a coffee shop, or at home."

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.