FairPoint Energy Launches Green Energy Service

                FairPoint Energy Launches Green Energy Service

FairPoint Communications Offers Customers Option to Reduce Electricity Costs

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 24, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FairPoint Communications will
now offer a green retail energy option to residents of Maine and New
Hampshire.

FairPoint Communications has entered into a marketing agreement with Crius
Energy, a leading provider of green energy and has licensed to Crius the name
FairPoint Energy. FairPoint Energy combines Crius Energy's strong presence and
expertise in the retail energy sector with FairPoint Communications' broad
customer base and rich background as a leader in providing telecom products
and solutions. FairPoint Energy offers energy options that provide value and
sustainable energy choices for customers.

"FairPoint Energy creates a real win-win for our customers, by saving them
money and helping them contribute to a cleaner environment," said Tony Tomae,
executive vice president and chief revenue officer for FairPoint
Communications. "Enrollment is simple and seamless, allowing customers to sign
up through the FairPoint call centers, easily selecting an alternative energy
supplier while staying with their current utility company for distribution."

"We are pleased to be working with FairPoint Communications," said Michael
Fallquist, chief executive officer of Crius Energy. "The launch of an energy
solution is a natural progression in expanding FairPoint Communications' suite
of excellent products and services and will provide great economical and
renewable energy options to its customers."

Eligible customers are currently served by Central Maine Power Company or
Bangor Hydro Electric Company in Maine and in New Hampshire by Public Service
Company of New Hampshire. Customers can select from plans that offer savings,
clean wind power, or even both.

To view FairPoint Energy's current offers and rates, go to
www.FairPointEnergy.com or call 1-866-984-2001.

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 18 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
VantagePoint^SM 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/myfairpoint) and Facebook
(http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).

About FairPoint Energy

FairPoint Energy, LLC is a subsidiary of Crius Energy LLC, a competitive
electricity provider that is unaffiliated with FairPoint Communications or its
subsidiaries. FairPoint Energy is a local provider of affordable, retail
energy that offers 100% green energy options to customers in Maine and New
Hampshire. FairPoint Energy was created through a strategic relationship
between Crius Energy and FairPoint Communications and uses the FairPoint
Energy name under a license agreement with FairPoint Communications, Inc.
Through this landmark launch, FairPoint Communications is the first telecom
provider in northern New England to offer retail energy services along with
its other service packages including entertainment, Internet and phone.
FairPoint Energy^SM is a service mark of FairPoint Communications,
registration pending.

About Crius Energy

Crius Energy LLC owns a rapidly growing network of retail energy companies
operating in 10 states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Crius Energy's companies service hundreds of thousands of customers in both
the residential and the commercial retail energy market. Crius Energy is
committed to rapid growth and expansion across all deregulated markets through
its diversified channels. The company provides value to customers through a
steadfast commitment to innovation, service and building unique, strategic
relationships.



SOURCE FairPoint Communications

Website: http://www.FairPoint.com
Contact: Media, Jeff Nevins, +1-207-535-4170, jnevins@fairpoint.com, or
Investor Relations, Lee Newitt, +1-704-344-8150, lnewitt@fairpoint.com