FairPoint Communications upgrades broadband service to more than 5,600 locations in 30 Vermont towns Projects improve internet access and available speeds in Burlington, Colchester, St. George, Shelburne and Williston South Burlington, VT (June 16, 2017) - FairPoint Communications1 announced today the completion of broadband projects impacting more than 5,600 locations in 30 Vermont towns that enhance the Company’s 18,000 mile fiber network in northern New England. In Burlington, Colchester, St. George, Shelburne and Williston, this project brings customers download speeds of up to 25 Mbps2 -- providing broadband service to some areas for the first time.
“The wide-ranging benefit of broadband access, especially in rural communities, is significant and recent projects are yielding speeds of up to 50 Mbps in parts of the state,” said Mike Reed, FairPoint’s Vermont state president. “For local businesses, broadband access can reduce costs, expand reach and increase revenue while families benefit from faster access to the internet to complete schoolwork, contact friends and access entertainment. Today’s announcement reflects our continued commitment to bringing improved broadband access to the Green Mountain State and furthering the reach of faster speeds.”
Some of these projects are funded through Phase II of the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund, which is designed to help support expansion and operation of broadband services in high-cost areas, as well as the Company’s own significant direct investments. The 30 towns in Vermont are:
Residential and business customers in these communities will now qualify for up to 25 Mbps and those in Colchester and Shelburne qualify for up to 50 Mbps based on the distance from the customer location to FairPoint’s servicing equipment, which is more than sufficient speed to smoothly stream high-definition video, browse the web or participate in online gaming. Portions of the following streets in these towns have been upgraded:
Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $900 million in its communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to northern New England, including building thousands of miles of new fiber optic network across the region. FairPoint’s fiber-based, high capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.
To find out more details, including internet service speed eligibility, information about prices and bundled plans, or to schedule a professional installation of services, residential consumers can call 1-866.984.2001 and business customers can call 1-866.984.3001.
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-based Ethernet network — with more than 22,000 route miles of fiber, including approximately 18,000 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.
2Maximum Internet speeds referenced are only available in select areas. Internet speed claims represent maximum network service capability. Actual customer speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on a number of factors including site traffic and congestion, components within your computer such as processor speeds, memory and hardware and software configuration, content provider server capacity, internal network management factors and customer device capabilities.