Network Enhancements Expanded Premium High-Speed Internet
DALLAS, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) announced today that it has invested nearly $100 million in itsPennsylvania operations since 2011, including approximately $20.5 million in 2014.
Major capital expenditures supported engineering initiatives to increase broadband speeds and improve network infrastructure for residential and commercial customers in Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Fulton, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne,Lycoming, McKean, Monroe, Northampton, Potter, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming and York counties.
As a competitive local exchange carrier, Frontier provides primarily commercial services in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton, Lancaster/Reading/York,Harrisburg and Williamsport.
"Our on-going capital investments have made Frontier's high-capacity broadband services available to 100 percent of our Pennsylvania customers," said Elena Kilpatrick, Vice President and General Manager. She added, "This access is especially important with the Internet of Things -- new technologies and devices that connect with each other via the Internet -- from home thermostats to smart health trackers to washers/dryers using Wi-Fi for remote monitoring, plus phones, laptops, tablets and TVs. "
2014 highlights in Pennsylvania included:
- Expansion of Premium High-Speed Internet services (12-24 Mbps) to more than 100 communities, including parts of the Back Mountain(Dallas), Bangor, Breezewood, Clarks Summit, Lewisberry, Montrose, Shickshinny, Towanda and Wellsboro areas;
- Investment in high-capacity 10 Gbps transport systems to expand connectivity in Bradford, Tioga, and Sullivan counties as well as the network connecting Wyoming, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties;
- Strategic investments in next-generation equipment strengthened backhaul capabilities, allowing higher-speed products throughout Frontier's service areas; and
- Expansion of Frontier's Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network core increased customer access to the latest technology, boosted the reach of Ethernet services for commercial customers, provided speeds up to 10 Gbps, and services such as Wide Area Network,Point-to-Point configuration and Dedicated Internet Access over Ethernet circuits. "These are all critical for businesses today," said Kilpatrick.
In 2015, Frontier is positioned to receive funding from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase 2. "CAF funds plus Frontier's capital will increase deployment of higher-speed services to even the most rural parts of Frontier's territories," said Kilpatrick. TheFCC program is poised to open in the latter half of 2015 and will provide funds over a six-year period. This program will target download speeds of 10 Mbps to all areas receiving funds.
Kilpatrick noted, "We're proud our commitment to the Commonwealth makes great technology available to our customers. Every day, our more than 500 Pennsylvania employees live Our Value, "Put the Customer First."
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) offers broadband, voice, video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced communications for medium and large businesses in 28 states. Frontier's approximately 17,800 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available atwww.frontier.com.
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