Regulatory decision paves the way for further broadband expansion in Pittsfield and Milan
MANCHESTER, NH (June 6, 2013) - More residents in the Granite State can quickly e-mail photos, download music and surf the Internet now that FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband service to more than 55 additional homes and businesses in the town of Pittsfield and Milan.
In early 2013, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) approved FairPoint Communications' proposal to allow the company to invest approximately $2.8 million of service quality monies incurred from 2009 through 2011 to further expand broadband in New Hampshire. The total amount to be invested through this plan is $3.3 million with FairPoint's contribution of $500,000.
"We continue to take the lead in bringing high speed Internet services to New Hampshire. High speed Internet access is very important to the state's future economic growth and employment opportunities," said Pat McHugh, New Hampshire state president for FairPoint. "With more than a $310 million investment in our network and infrastructure in New England since 2008, FairPoint is committed to bringing next-generation technology to New Hampshire residential and business customers."
FairPoint, in collaboration with the NHPUC Staff and the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development identified specific regions across the state that will benefit from this investment in broadband infrastructure. FairPoint is using the funds to expand broadband in unserved areas of the state.
As a result, Pittsfield and Milan are part of more than 2,500 homes and businesses throughout New Hampshire that will benefit from the $3.3 million broadband expansion project. This expansion is in addition to FairPoint's ongoing commitment to increase broadband availability to 95 percent of its access lines in New Hampshire by the end of 2013.
High-speed connection areas include portions of the following streets/roads in:
- Pittsfield: Clough, Shingle Mill Brook, Strickland, Thompson, Tilton Hill and Wildwood.
- Milan: Birch, Copperville, Fish Hatchery, Mason, West Milan and York Pound.
To find out if you are eligible for FairPoint's high-speed Internet and to obtain information about prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1-866-984-2001 or visit www.FairPoint.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 17 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 Internet 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), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/fairpoint-communications).