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FairPoint Communications Supports Maine Scholarship Fund

Posted June 18, 2012, at 4:20 p.m.

Scholarship to Encourage Students to Pursue Careers in Information Technology

PORTLAND, Maine (June 14, 2012) – Early this year FairPoint Communications donated $1,000 to the University of Maine Foundation for the Maine Telecommunications Users Group (MTUG) scholarship fund.

This year’s 2012 MTUG-FairPoint Information Technology Scholarship was awarded to James Duffy IV from Skowhegan, Maine. Duffy attends the University of Southern Maine and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in computer science. The award was presented at MTUG’s annual conference on May 31 in Portland.

The MTUG scholarship fund targets candidates who are studying in areas relevant to networking, telecommunications, or IT applications. These include students with a focus in business, computer science, and BS and BET students in electrical and computer engineering with a specialization fields such as in networking, telecommunications, broadband, wireless, etc.

“FairPoint is very pleased to join with MTUG to provide a scholarship to a Maine student who is interested in the field of information technology,” said Mike Reed, FairPoint’s Maine state president. “FairPoint has invested more than $279 million in communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband and information based data services to northern New England. We also believe that investing in education is vitally important and we hope this scholarship will help incent students to explore the field of information technology as a career.”

The scholarship is awarded to students who have completed two years of a four-year bachelors program in a relevant area and is funded annually by companies and organizations that have an interest in developing Maine’s networking, telecommunications, and information technology applications based labor force. The program is a unique model in that MTUG and participating businesses jointly fund the scholarships on an annual basis.

“We thank FairPoint for their 2012 contribution and we look forward to additional businesses supporting this program next year,” said MTUG board member Ron Brown of Ronald O. Brown Consulting. “MTUG is delighted to be partnering with the University of Maine Foundation on this important and unique undertaking. We hope the scholarships will encourage Maine students to pursue this exciting, challenging and rewarding field so important to the competitiveness of Maine businesses.”

Photo caption: Pictured (l to r) Shirley Manning, Owner Lincolnville Telephone; Kevin Frazier, CFO University of Maine Foundation; James Duffy, scholarship recipient; Rich Murtha, Vice President Wholesale Operations, FairPoint’s representative to MTUG; Dr. Ronald Brown, MTUG; and Danny Williams, Planned Giving Officer, University of Maine Foundation.

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: 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 18 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 VantagePoint(SM) 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/myfairpoint) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint).

About MTUG

MTUG advances the understanding of administrative, technical, and regulatory telecommunications, networking, and IT issues to its members throughout Maine. MTUG provides educational, economic, and social benefits to its members, and Maine businesses and residents while working with telecommunications, networking, and IT providers, vendors, and legislative and regulatory agencies to enhance infrastructure and services in Maine. MUTG membership is open to all in the industry. More information is available at www.mtug.org.

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