FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS completion of a broadband upgrade projects in Maine

Contact: Angelynne Beaudry

Manchester, N.H. (October 6, 2016) - FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England FairPoint Communications� is pleased to announce the completion of a broadband upgrade projects in Maine. As a result of this project, faster broadband speeds are available to 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 these towns."

More residents and businesses can quickly e-mail photos, download music, stream video, and surf the Internet now that FairPoint has upgraded broadband services. To see more about each upgrade, click on the location below.

Ashland, Maine
Augusta, Maine
Canaan and Skowhegan, Maine
Chapman and Presque Isle, Maine
Chelsea, Pittston and Whitefield, Maine
Eastport and Perry, Maine
Fort Fairfield, Maine
Friendship and Waldoboro, Maine
Houlton and Ludlow, Maine
Millinocket, Maine
Phippsburg, Maine
Sebec, Maine
Vanceboro, Maine
Wesley, Maine

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.