FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS Upgrades Broadband Service in 50 Vermont Towns

Contact: Angelynne Beaudry

South Burlington, Vt. (Nov. 10, 2016) - FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), FairPoint Communications1 announced today the completion of broadband expansion projects in 50 Vermont towns. The projects extend FairPoint's approximately 17,000 mile fiber optic network, which is the most expansive and diversely-routed fiber network in northern New England. As a result of these completed projects, improved broadband speeds are available to 18,300 locations in rural Vermont -- in some areas for the first time.

"For many throughout Vermont, using the internet is an essential part of daily activities. Every day students go online to complete homework, small businesses efficiently capitalize on the benefits of e-commerce, and if you are looking for a job, you will more than likely be asked to apply online," said Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint's Vermont state president. "With more people using the internet, it is more important than ever to keep Vermonters throughout the state connected."

Last year, FairPoint announced acceptance of Phase II of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF), a program designed to support expansion and operation of broadband services in high-cost areas. Utilizing CAF funding, in combination with its own significant direct investments, FairPoint completed broadband upgrade projects in these 50 Vermont towns:

Arlington Fairlee Searsburg
Bakersfield Georgia Sharon
Barnet Guilford St. Johnsbury
Berkshire Hartford Stockbridge
Bethel Lunenburg Stowe
Braintree Marlboro Sunderland
Brandon Marshfield Sutton
Brattleboro Middlesex Thetford
Brighton Newbury Tunbridge
Burke Norton Walden
Cambridge Norwich Waterford
Concord Pomfret Waterville
Danville Richford West Windsor
Dover Royalton Whitingham
Duxbury Rupert Wilmington
Fairfax Salisbury Windham
Fairfield Sandgate  

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Addison Franklin Washington
Bennington Lamoille Windham
Caledonia Orange Windsor
Essex Rutland  

The projects completed at these locations will now qualify for download speeds of up to 15 Mbps2, based on the distance from the customer location to FairPoint's servicing equipment, which is more than sufficient speed to smoothly stream high-definition video, browse the web or participate in online gaming according to FCC guidelines.

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.

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.