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Press Release -- April 8th, 2019
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Consolidated Communications Brings Benefits of 1 Gig Internet Speeds to Chatham, New York, Service Area

New fiber-to-the-premises technology expands broadband benefits for residents and businesses

CHATHAM, N.Y. – April 8, 2019 – Consolidated Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL, news, filings) today announced the company has launched 1 GigaBit broadband services within its Chatham, N.Y., service area using a new Fiber–To-The-Premises (FTTP) technology, which significantly increases broadband speeds and on-demand capabilities for residents and businesses.

“We are open for orders and excited to give Chatham-area communities enhanced broadband Internet services that have the potential to significantly improve the lives of our customers there,” said Rob Koester, vice president of consumer product management at Consolidated Communications. “Residents and businesses in this service area now can choose from a wider selection of services and programming due to our 1 Gig broadband service.”

“We congratulate Consolidated Communications on its launch of fiber-to-the-home broadband service in partnership with the Broadband Program Office,” said Jeffrey Nordhaus, Empire State Development executive vice president of Innovation and Broadband. “Broadband is a necessity for all communities in today’s economy and this launch will further assist thousands of businesses and residents throughout the state.”

Consolidated’s deployment of faster broadband services in New York is supported by a grant from the New NY Broadband Program, a public-private partnership designed to provide incentives to service providers to deploy last-mile broadband connectivity in underserved and unserved areas. Through grant support from the Program and its own capital investment, Consolidated has extended fiber-based broadband service to more than 10,000 business and residential locations across its awarded projects, along with an additional 5,000 locations outside the Program. In total, more than 30 communities have received new broadband access.

Specifically, this projects extends fiber-based broadband services to more than 1,455 businesses and residents in Chatham, East Chatham, North Chatham and Old Chatham.

Customers in these towns now have access to the latest, on-demand streaming content, including: HBO Now®, DIRECTV NowSM, fuboTV and Philo and can use the company’s MyCCIAccount.com center to place new orders and upgrade services online.

Fiber Internet services offer a significantly faster, highly reliable broadband connection that gives customers symmetrical speeds and the ability to connect multiple devices without sacrificing speed. Fiber better supports gaming, streaming video content and uploading photos with virtually no buffering or waiting. It also allows people to work from home using a reliable connection that supports remote access and video conferencing, to create and upload high-bandwidth content and to take advantage of smart-home devices. The speed and bandwidth capabilities of high-speed, low-latency fiber Internet services also benefit businesses that can take advantage of cloud access and gain numerous efficiencies and time.

Residents and businesses in Consolidated Communication’s Chatham service area can visit www.consolidated.com/nyfiber or call 1-844-968-7224 to see if they qualify for fiber services. Installation dates are available now.

About the New NY Broadband Program

Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband deployment, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2015, with legislative support, established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program. The Program provides New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved areas of the State, with priority to unserved areas, Libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers.

About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses, and wireless and wireline carriers across rural and metro communities and a 23-state service area. Leveraging an advanced fiber network spanning 37,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: high-speed Internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services and wholesale, carrier solutions. From our first connection 125 years ago, Consolidated is dedicated to turning technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how they work and live. Visit www.consolidated.com for more information.

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