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FairPoint Chosen As Lead Service Provider In Cell Service Expansion In Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications in northern New England, has been chosen as CoverageCo's lead carrier in making cell service available across more than 200 miles of rural Vermont, beginning with service in Orange County.

CoverageCo turned to FairPoint based on the breadth and depth of its network in northern New England, and its ability to deliver business-class Internet service, a requirement to meet CoverageCo's small cell backhaul needs. 

With the largest MPLS-based Carrier Ethernet network and more than 15,000 miles of fiber in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, FairPoint is the leading wireless backhaul provider to major wireless carriers in the region. FairPoint's network reaches more than 95 percent of all business addresses in northern New England.

"The growth of wireless network technologies and the proliferation of smart phones and tablets have fueled an unprecedented demand for wireless coverage," said Chris Alberding, FairPoint vice president of product management. "Consumers do not want to be without connectivity, even in rural areas.  Small cells are a fast-growing market segment because they can be used to increase the capacity of 4G networks, but can also be used to deliver service in hard-to-serve markets with challenging terrain and economic constraints."

"Small cell" backhaul refers to the technology that expands bandwidth capacity and closes gaps in wireless coverage. CoverageCo's IP-based network architecture relies upon small cells placed about a mile apart on telephone poles, steeples and other street-level structures. From there, data is "backhauled" through FairPoint's network and the public Internet to CoverageCo as IP (Internet Protocol) traffic.

Industry experts predict that the mobile industry will continue to grow at an exponential rate, with subscribers demanding more bandwidth and ubiquitous coverage. Small cell technology allows wireless providers to improve local coverage and bandwidth needs in their networks.

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