Recent Expansion Effort Brings Broadband to More Than 4,400 Households and Businesses in Washington County
PORTLAND, Maine (April 28, 2011) – More Mainers can quickly e-mail photos, download music and surf the Internet now that FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband service to more than 4,400 additional homes and businesses in the Washington County region. FairPoint high-speed Internet is available for the first time to eligible customers in many communities.
Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $152 million in the communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to northern New England, including building over 1,500 miles of new fiber across the region. FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network – called VantagePoint(SM) – offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.
“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 have been working diligently to build more broadband across the state. We are pleased to announce the availability of high-speed Internet for these residents in these communities in Washington County.”
The expansion was part of FairPoint’s recent successful effort that increased broadband access to approximately 83 percent of its service areas in Maine. FairPoint has invested more than $39 million in Maine which has increased broadband availability from approximately 68 percent in 2008 to the current 83 percent availability.
The new high-speed connection areas include portions of the following communities: Addison; Baileyville; Calais; Charlotte; Cutler; Dennysville; Eastport; Harrington, Milbridge, Columbia, Columbia Falls and Cherryfield; Lubec; Machias; Meddybemps; Pembroke; Perry; Steuben; and Whiting.
Internet packages start as low as $35.99 per month. For additional information about FairPoint High-Speed Internet prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1-866-984-2001 or visit www.FairPoint.com.
FairPoint Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable data network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint’s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection. The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/myfairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).