Frontier enhances broadband speeds in Ohio's Appalachian area

Frontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR) on Tuesday said it deployed ADSL2+ with bonding to bring faster broadband data speeds to business and consumer users in 28 sections of Appalachian Ohio communities.

By upgrading these communities with ADSL2+, Frontier will be able to offer users 12/2 Mbps connections to consumers and 15/2 Mbps for small to medium business (SMB) customers.

Four segments of Ohio will be served by this new upgrade: one town in Central Ohio; 11 towns in Eastern Ohio; 14 towns in Southern Ohio; and two towns in Southwest Ohio.

"With Frontier's recent deployment of the latest broadband technology, residential customers can get the speeds they need to stream high-definition videos, run multiple devices, do online gaming and surf the net without lag," said Dave Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Frontier's Ohio operations. "The ADSL 2+ Bonding technology also allows us to offer business customers super-fast speed that's perfect for sending large files and for videoconferencing."

Expanding broadband service, mainly over its traditional copper network, has been a priority for the telco ever since it completed its acquisition of Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) rural lines in 2010.

During the second quarter, Frontier made two important developments to achieve its broadband goals. In addition to securing a $71.9 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund, it established a reseller agreement with satellite provider Hughes Network Systems. Through the FCC CAF I grant, Frontier said it will be able to connect an additional 92,876 additional homes with broadband service.

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