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Press Release -- October 28th, 2014
Source: FairPoint Communications
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Spike in Vandalism Leads FairPoint to Urge Public to Report Suspicious Activity to Law Enforcement

Offering Reward for Information Leading to Conviction of Vandals stLight.options({ publisher: '12345' }); Media Contact: Angelynne Amores Beaudry 207-210-3079 - cellular aamores@fairpoint.com PORTLAND, Me (October 28, 2014) - FairPoint Communications is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any unauthorized persons tampering with, damaging or destroying its network or equipment and is asking the public to report suspicious behavior to the police in light of a recent spate of vandalism against FairPoint property."FairPoint's first commitment is to maintain a reliable network capable of providing access to emergency 911 services across our markets in northern New England," said company spokeswoman Angelynne Beaudry. "Vandalism and disruption of our network potentially puts access to those services at risk."In the nine days since the strike began, FairPoint has investigated eight incidents of vandalism to key components of its infrastructure and outside facilities, Amores said. For the five years prior to October 17, 2014, the company investigated only one such incident."Most of the strikers are exercising their legal right to stop working and to publicize their position, but it is no coincidence that these acts of vandalism are being committed during the strike," Beaudry continued. "It is not enough for strikers to deny that they are vandals. We understand that the vast majority would never vandalize. But it is time to help us stop the vandalism." As our unionized workers exercise their right to strike, we are executing our contingency plans to ensure continuity of service. We continue to mobilize to meet service needs and safeguard critical networks but the recent spike in vandalism has complicated these efforts. The company greatly appreciates customer patience, understanding and assistance at this time. "We extend our sincere appreciation to the public while we address this unacceptable and potentially dangerous spike in vandalism," Beaudry added. "We are working closely with law enforcement agencies across northern New England to increase monitoring of infrastructure and ask that customers or members of the public who see something unusual notify local law enforcement immediately. We take our obligations to our customers and the communities of northern New England seriously. This infrastructure is essential to safety services and to the customers who rely on it, and we will not tolerate sabotage of valuable company assets that provide such critical services to the public." In addition to reporting all suspicious activity to law enforcement, anyone with information, or who witnesses suspicious activity should call 866-348-1675.About FairPoint Communications, Inc. FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states. Leveraging an owned, fiber-core Ethernet network - including more than 16,000 route miles of fiber in northern New England - FairPoint has the network coverage, scalable bandwidth and transport capacity to support enhanced applications, including the next generation of mobile and cloud-based communications, such as small cell wireless backhaul technology, voice over IP, data center colocation services, managed services and disaster recovery. For more information, visit www.FairPoint.com.

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