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FairPoint Rings in New Year with Holiday Giving

The Pixel Fund, voted FairPoint communities' favorite nonprofit, will receive $2,014

PORTLAND, Maine, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the New Year and to demonstrate appreciation for the communities it serves, FairPoint Communications, Inc., a leading telecommunications provider, will be making a donation of $2,014 to The Pixel Fund of Maine.

As part of FairPoint's holiday giving campaign, it created a Facebook poll to take nominations and votes for a nonprofit, and the organization that received the most votes by Jan. 14, 2014 would receive $2,014 courtesy of FairPoint.

FairPoint received approximately 1,500 votes for 87 nonprofits across the 17 states where it does business.

"We saw another great response across our social channels this year, as people posted and tweeted about the nonprofits close to their heart, and then ultimately voted for their favorite one," said Mike Reed, Maine state president for FairPoint. "Community nonprofits make the places where we work and live strong and vibrant, and FairPoint is a proud supporter of all the communities it serves."

In 2013, FairPoint donated more than $1 million to local organizations in our communities.

The Pixel Fund is a division of Pixel's Posse, a non-profit headquartered in Maine with outreach in Georgia and Florida. Completely run by volunteers, its mission is to save lives of shelter pets through education, advocacy, and rescue efforts, and through participation in community activities.

The Fund relies on its network of foster and rescue partners to pull pets to safety from high-kill shelters, get them healthy and ready for adoption, transport them, and find them permanent, loving homes.

"I want to thank all of our supporters and volunteers," said Janet Williams, president of The Pixel Fund. "This donation will enable us to continue our direct life-saving efforts and launch an education program in 2014. FairPoint's generosity will make a real difference in the lives of dozens of shelter pets."

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP) is a leading communications provider of broadband Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other high-capacity data services to customers in communities across 17 states. Through its fast, reliable fiber network, FairPoint delivers high-quality data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers Internet services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art fiber network provides carrier Ethernet connections to support the surging bandwidth and performance requirements for cloud-based applications like network storage, disaster recovery, distance learning, medical imaging, video conferencing and CAD/CAM along with traditional voice, VoIP, video and Internet access solutions. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com. You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/fairpoint), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/fairpoint-communications).

SOURCE FairPoint Communications, Inc.

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