SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (November 27, 2012) - FairPoint Communications, a leading telecommunications provider and Vermont employer, has made a contribution to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund to help Vermonters still coping with the aftermath of last year's mega-Tropical Storm Irene. The $7,000 donation was presented to Governor Peter Shumlin at a kick-off event of the Irene Recovery Campaign by the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund in downtown Burlington. The organization coordinates long-term recovery efforts throughout the state, bringing together the efforts of local and regional disaster recovery groups and funds. "So many Vermonters are still recovering after Irene and it's essential they get the help they need," said Mike Smith, Vermont state president for FairPoint. "Our employees worked tirelessly to help restore service in the days and weeks after Irene stormed through. With this donation, our hearts are with those who are still rebuilding." More than $3 million has been raised by the fund, but organizers estimate they need an additional $6 million to help the more than 700 requests for assistance. For more information and to make a donation, visit www.vermontdisasterrecovery.com. About FairPoint Communications, Inc. FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. 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/fairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).