FairPoint extends broadband to an additional 4,900 NH homes, businesses

Expansion drives service into 33 communities
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FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) on Thursday unveiled an effort to extend its DSL service to more New Hampshire communities.

Under this latest expansion plan, the service provider will now offer broadband service to 4,095 eligible homes and businesses in 33 of the state's communities.

The service will be available in the following communities: Alexandria, Barrington, Bartlett, Canterbury, Concord, Conway, Cornish, Croydon, Dorchester, Dover, Durham, Effingham, Epping, Epsom, Franklin, Gilmanton, Goffstown, Grantham, Jackson, Lee, Litchfield, Manchester, Meredith, New Hampton, Nottingham, Orange, Ossipee, Pembroke, Richmond, Sanbornton, Strafford, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro.

Over the past four years, FairPoint said that it has invested $189 million in its network infrastructure to provide broadband services to its Northern New England territories. During that time it has built out thousands of miles of fiber infrastructure and deployed related Ethernet and DSLAM electronics to deliver services to end-users.

All of this traffic is supported by the telco's Vantage Point 400G-capable IP/MPLS network that supports its residential customers in addition to the growing base of business and wholesale carrier customers.  

FairPoint said that this latest expansion drive is part of a broader plan to increase broadband access service to 95 percent of its service areas in New Hampshire.

This effort comes on the heels of similar initiatives it has conducted in both Maine and Vermont.

In Maine, FairPoint upgraded the broadband speeds of 11 of its central offices (COs), while in Vermont it is leveraging a $2 million grant from the FCC's Connect America Fund to extend broadband to more communities.

While FairPoint saw expected POTS revenue decline in the third quarter, broadband subscribers grew 3.2 percent year-over-year and 0.5 percent sequentially.

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