MARION, Ohio, Mar 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) announced today it will provide netbook computers to graduates of the Connect Ohio "Every Citizen Online" (ECO) computer and Internet training program who sign up for Frontier's High-Speed Internet service with a price protection plan.
"We are partnering with Connect Ohio because we share the goal of helping Ohioans access and adopt broadband service," said Dave Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Frontier's Ohio operations. "The highlights of Frontier's Ohio plan include making broadband available to at least 85 percent of the households in our service area by December 31, 2013. To accomplish this, Frontier has committed to making capital investments totaling more than $150 million over the next three (3) years. In addition, after an individual completes the Every Citizen Online training, we will make certain he or she has a computer to access all the Internet has to offer."
As part of Frontier's offer, a trained Frontier technician will set up and install Frontier's High-Speed Internet service at the graduate's home.
"Frontier's willingness to make this exclusive offer to those who complete the program is a valuable incentive for newly trained users," said Tom Fritz, Executive Director of Connect Ohio. "The ECO program provides six hours of free training to any adult who has no experience using broadband technology, and is funded through a federal grant, local libraries, and other sources."
The Connect Ohio ECO free computer training programs are held at local libraries, community colleges, senior centers and other public meeting areas. The coursework includes three, 2-hour sessions covering computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and discussions about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
Within Frontier's Ohio service area, the ECO classes are held at various locations in these twenty (20) counties: Adams, Ashland, Belmont, Brown, Delaware, Erie, Hardin, Harrison, Highland, Huron, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Otawa, Portage, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Tuscarawas and Williams.
For specific local training locations or more information on the training, call 1-855-669-4226 or email@example.com. For more information on Frontier's netbook offer for Connect Ohio ECO graduates, call 1-800-483-1455, ext. 7638.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) is a Fortune 500 company included in the S&P 500 Index offering voice, High-Speed Internet, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses and home offices, and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states and with approximately 14,800 employees. It has a 100 percent U.S.-based workforce. More information is available at www.frontier.com and www.frontier.com/ir.
About Connect Ohio
Connect Ohio, a division of Connected Nation, is a nonprofit, technology-neutral public-private partnership that works with telecommunications providers, business and community leaders, information technology companies, researchers, public agencies, libraries and universities in an effort to help extend affordable high-speed Internet service to every Ohio household. For more information about what Connect Ohio is doing to accelerate technology in Ohio's communities, visithttp://www.connectohio.org.
SOURCE: Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation Patricia Amendola, 570-631-6013 firstname.lastname@example.org or Connect Ohio Amanda Murphy, 614-220-0190 email@example.com