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Press Release -- March 10th, 2011
Source: FairPoint Communications
Tags: Exchange

Telecom Veteran Michael L. Harrington Joins FairPoint

WESTFIELD, N.Y. (March 10, 2011) – FairPoint Communications today announced that Michael L. Harrington, a telecom veteran with more than 30 years of experience, has joined the company as senior director of engineering. Harrington is responsible for all engineering operations in FairPoint’s Telecom Group, which is comprised of local exchange companies across the country, as well as strategic planning for new revenue opportunities.

Harrington joined the company from DFT Communications Corporation where he had served as a corporate officer and vice president of network since 2008. Before that Harrington spent 10 years with FairPoint Communications where he was vice president of network planning in the Westfield, N.Y. office. He also served as corporate officer and vice president of operations at Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Mike back to FairPoint to help guide the company’s Telecom Group engineering efforts,” said Vice President and Telecom Group COO Jim Cook. “His expertise will be invaluable to my team. He will also be instrumental in helping FairPoint continue to grow broadband penetration in the markets we serve.”

Harrington earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Pennsylvania State University in Erie, graduating with highest distinction, and an Associate of Science degree in electrical engineering from New York’s Jamestown Community College. He is based in the Westfield, N.Y. office.

About FairPoint

FairPoint Communications, Inc. is a provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FRP. Learn more at www.fairpoint.com.

Media Contact:Leslie Roberts, 207.535.4145, lroberts@fairpoint.com

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