FairPoint Communications to Expand Broadband Service in Four NE States

New England Council member FairPoint Communications has received federal funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband in rural areas of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As a part of the program, FairPoint will receive $37.4 million annually from the FCC to increase broadband in 14 states as a part of Phase II of the Connect America Fund.

An FCC press release outlines the amount of funding each state will receive and the amount of new homes and businesses that must be affected by the expansion of the broadband services. In Maine, FairPoint will receive $13.3 million annually to extend service to 35,500 new locations. The increase in service in Maine is especially important because the state continually ranks at the bottom for average internet speeds.

In a FairPoint press release, CEO Paul Sunu said, “FairPoint enthusiastically supports the positive intent of CAF Phase II to bring broadband to underserved areas of the United States, and we are excited to participate in this FCC-administered program. We are committing hundreds-of-millions of dollars in capital to build and upgrade infrastructure in our service territories to extend affordable broadband services to remote areas which will help businesses and residents alike stay connected to the world.”

The New England Council commends FairPoint for its commitment to expanded access to high speed internet service throughout the region.

For more information about specific state funding, see this Bangor Daily News article (ME), this Burlington Free Press article (VT), and the PR Newswire post (NH).

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