FairPoint Launches Carrier Ethernet Service (CES) Extended Connect at Comptel PLUS Spring 2013 Convention & EXPO

FairPoint Launches Carrier Ethernet Service (CES) Extended Connect at Comptel
                      PLUS Spring 2013 Convention & EXPO

New Boston hub is one-stop access to region's largest Ethernet network

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 7, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FairPoint Communications, Inc.
(NasdaqCM: FRP), northern New England's leading wholesale telecommunications
provider, is announcing the launch of CES Extended Connect, featuring one-stop
access from Boston to FairPoint's footprint in Maine, New Hampshire and

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/CL73212)

With the launch of CES Extended Connect at the carrier hotel at One Summer
Street in Boston, FairPoint is now bringing its Ethernet network to meet
carriers that may have previously lacked interconnection facilities in
northern New England.

FairPoint's wholesale customers can deliver Ethernet services to their
northern New England customers via FairPoint's diverse network paths.
FairPoint's next-generation Ethernet network spans more than 15,000 route
miles of fiber, and with Class and Quality of Service capabilities, enables
carriers to better manage their traffic demands while seamlessly connecting to
their customers.

"FairPoint wholesale has the largest owned and managed fiber network in
northern New England, with more than 80 percent of our central offices enabled
for Carrier Ethernet Services. This offers our customers the unmatched ability
to connect with more than 95 percent of New England businesses," said Tony
Tomae, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "Now, with CES
Extended Connect, FairPoint is providing additional flexibility and
reliability to the wholesale market demands."

FairPoint's wholesale business team will be on hand at Comptel PLUS Spring
2013 Convention & EXPO to discuss the new access and flexibility that CES
Extended Connect provides to the wholesale market. To schedule a time to meet
with a wholesale account manager at the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2013 Convention &
EXPO, click here: http://www.fairpoint.com/wholesale.

FairPoint's wholesale division creates, engineers and implements innovative
technologies that help carriers efficiently reach their customers. FairPoint
offers a strong suite of advanced voice and data solutions in northern New
England and 14 other states.

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 17 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/fairpoint) and Facebook

SOURCE FairPoint Communications, Inc.

Website: http://www.fairpoint.com
Contact: Media Contact: Sabina Haskell, +1-802-658-7351,
shaskell@fairpoint.com or Investor Relations Contact: Lee Newitt,
+1-704-344-8150, lnewitt@fairpoint.com
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