FairPoint meets its Vermont broadband deployment deadline

FairPoint (Nasdaq: FRP) was able to meet its broadband service rollout commitment in Vermont, a major milestone since it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

In addition to reaching about 90 percent broadband penetration to its telephone customers in Vermont, it now offers broadband service to over 83 percent of its telephone customers in Maine and over 85 percent in New Hampshire.

With its Vermont commitment fulfilled, FairPoint said it expanded DSL broadband access to about 140 communities and neighborhoods in the state. As of the end of Q2 2011, FairPoint delivers broadband to 300,000 total subscribers across its 18-state footprint.

But residential broadband is not the only part of FairPoint's expansion goals. The service provider is also making a major push to drive Ethernet-over-fiber to over half of its 1,600 tower sites to support 4G wireless rollouts from major wireless operators such as AT&T, Metro PCS, Sprint, and Verizon.

For more:
- see the release

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