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FairPoint Launches Carrier Ethernet Service (CES) Enhancements at COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading northern New England wholesale telecommunications provider, is announcing enhancements to its E-Line Carrier Ethernet Services (CES).

FairPoint's wholesale customers can deliver Ethernet services to their northern New England customers via FairPoint's diverse network paths. FairPoint's next-generation Ethernet network spans more than 16,000 route miles of fiber, and with Class and Quality of Service capabilities, enables carriers to better manage their traffic demands while seamlessly connecting to their customers.

The new E-Line CES enhancements, to be available later this month in locations served by a CES-enabled central office, include:

  • Multi-Class of Service over a single Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC) – Allows customers to prioritize their traffic type for critical applications. This enhancement also supports dynamic bandwidth so the customer can customize bandwidth to suit their network needs, resulting in more manageable costs.
  • Jumbo Frames – FairPoint's E-Line CES will now support a Maximum Frame Size (MTU) of 2,000 bytes over copper facilities and 9,000 bytes over fiber facilities.
  • Layer 2 Control Protocols (L2CP) – FairPoint will forward L2CPs through the network upon request for fiber-based networks.

"FairPoint has the largest owned and managed fiber network in northern New England, with more than 87 percent of our central offices enabled for Carrier Ethernet Services," said Tony Tomae, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "These CES enhancements allow FairPoint to provide the additional flexibility and reliability the wholesale market demands."

FairPoint's wholesale business team will be on hand at the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO from March 16-19, 2014, to discuss these new CES enhancements. To schedule a time to meet with a wholesale account manager at the event, visit www.fairpoint.com/wholesale.

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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