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FairPoint Communications to Award $50,000 to Maine Non-profits Through New Connected Communities Program

Company launched non-profit recognition program; seeking applications to ultimately select three winners     

PORTLAND, Maine, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FairPoint Communications today unveiled FairPoint Connected Communities, a program recognizing non-profit organizations dedicated to connecting and serving Maine residents and communities. Three non-profit organizations will be selected to receive $16,000 each and a technology package valued up to $1,000. Applications are being accepted through June 16, 2017.

FairPoint Communications invites any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Maine to apply to be one of three FairPoint Connected Communities recipients. The application, which can be found at www.fairpoint.com/connectedcommunities/apply requires a short narrative on how the organization connects people and improves the lives of residents within their communities, and how use of the internet contributes to their mission.

Each selected non-profit organization will receive $16,000 and a customized technology package valued up to $1,000 to help advance its charitable mission. FairPoint Communications will announce the winners in early July and visit each organization to present the awards throughout the summer months.

“We are excited to introduce the FairPoint Connected Communities program to recognize and support Maine organizations that provide people in Maine’s 16 counties with much-needed services and resources,” said Mike Reed, Maine state president for FairPoint. “FairPoint is dedicated to connecting Maine’s communities, and we are honored to offer this token of support to organizations that do the important work of helping Mainers.”

FairPoint Connected Communities is introduced as the company announces its most recent round of broadband expansion and upgrades throughout the state.

FairPoint’s Broadband Expansion

Since 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $50 million to extend broadband service in Maine which is now available in more than 88% of its service territory in the state. In 2016, FairPoint’s network investments impacted more than 60,000 locations in Maine, many of which are in rural areas, with new or upgraded service, and the Company’s 2017 projects are expected to impact an additional 30,000 locations in the state.

Through the Company’s own investments as well as with support from Phase II of the Federal Connect America Fund, FairPoint is reaching more unserved and underserved rural residents and businesses in Maine. FairPoint’s next phase of upgrades, which bring local access to broadband technology for the first time or a significant upgrade over previously available speeds, includes projects in more than 100 towns.

“For most of us, internet access is not a luxury, it’s a necessity – for schoolwork, business transactions, or simply staying connected with family and friends,” said Reed. “We’re proud to be able to bring high-speed access to these businesses and individuals to allow them to more fully benefit from today’s information age.”

FairPoint’s network – with approximately 18,000 miles of fiber in northern New England – is the largest in the region.

For information regarding the FairPoint Connected Communities recognition program and information on FairPoint’s Maine broadband buildout project, visit www.fairpoint.com/connectedcommunities.

/EIN News/ -- For more information about FairPoint’s voice and internet services in Maine, residential consumers may call 1-866-984-2001 and businesses may call 1-866-984-3001 or visit www.FairPoint.com.

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 22,000 route miles of fiber, including approximately 18,000 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.

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

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