Frontier Continues to Invest in West Virginia Broadband Networks

Tue Sep 8, 2009 12:31pm EDT

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BLUEFIELD, W. Va.--(Business Wire)--
Frontier Communications is currently investing nearly $4 million in its
broadband networks in its Charles Town and Princeton service areas, offering
customers fast broadband speeds and near-unlimited bandwidth capacity. 

In Princeton, 44 miles of fiber-optic cable will connect all Frontier High-Speed
Internet (HSI) equipment to the exchange`s main switch, and 37 additional miles
of fiber cable are being installed in the Charles Town exchange. These upgrades
will allow Residential HSI speeds of up to 6 Meg and Business HSI speeds of up
to 12 Meg. The upgrades will allow provisioning of Metro Ethernet service of up
to 100 Meg, resulting in very high data speeds for private networks among
multiple business locations. 

"Enhanced communications services are vital to the health and growth of
businesses, schools, medical facilities and more, and Frontier is committed to
bringing advanced capabilities to our markets," said Mike Swatts, General
Manager of West Virginia. "We are proud that 92 percent of Frontier`s West
Virginia customers have access to our High-Speed Internet service." 

Recognizing that the lack of a personal computer is a barrier for many families,
since 2006 Frontier has provided more than 10,000 free computers to qualifying
customers in West Virginia. A large percentage of the computers went to first
time computer households, who also benefited from free on-site installation. 

Frontier has aggressively addressed the technological infrastructure needs of
West Virginia. The company helped fund the Connected Technologies Corridor
program that helped all of southeast West Virginia gain access to HSI,
entrepreneurial training and support, and marketing services. "High-Speed
Internet access levels the playing field and is vital to West Virginia`s growth
and prosperity," notes Swatts. 

In August 2009, Frontier filed applications under the Broadband Initiatives
Program (BIP), part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
(ARRA), that could result in investments of more than $69 million in West
Virginia. These stimulus funds would help Frontier deploy fiber from its central
offices to critical public facilities (schools, primary care centers, hospitals,
nursing homes, libraries and 911 Centers) and offer broadband speeds of up to
100 Meg to these locations within West Virginia. 

Frontier`s presence in West Virginia will increase upon the closing of its
acquisition from Verizon Communications Inc. of access lines in 14 states,
including West Virginia. The transaction will make Frontier the largest
communications services company in the country serving rural areas and small and
medium-sized towns and cities and the largest Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier
(ILEC) in West Virginia, serving more than 761,000 customers. 

About Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) is a full-service communications
provider and one of the largest local exchange telephone companies in the
country serving rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities.
Frontier is included in the S&P 500 Index. Frontier Communications offers
telephone, television and Internet services, including wireless Internet data
access, as well as bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses
and home offices, and data security solutions. Additional information about
Frontier is available at www.frontier.com. 

Forward-Looking Language

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to
the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. These statements are made on the basis of management`s views and
assumptions regarding future events and business performance. Words such as
"believe," "anticipate," "expect" and similar expressions are intended to
identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements (including oral
representations) involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results
to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties are based
on a number of factors, including but not limited to: Our ability to complete
the acquisition of access lines from Verizon; the failure to obtain, delays in
obtaining or adverse conditions contained in any required regulatory approvals
for the Verizon transaction; the failure to receive the IRS ruling approving the
tax-free status of the Verizon transaction; the failure of our stockholders to
approve the Verizon transaction; the ability to successfully integrate the
Verizon operations into Frontier`s existing operations; the effects of increased
expenses due to activities related to the Verizon transaction; the ability to
migrate Verizon`s West Virginia operations from Verizon owned and operated
systems and processes to Frontier owned and operated systems and processes
successfully; the risk that the growth opportunities and cost synergies from the
Verizon transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than
expected; the sufficiency of the assets to be acquired from Verizon to enable us
to operate the acquired business; disruption from the Verizon transaction making
it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or
suppliers; the effects of greater than anticipated competition requiring new
pricing, marketing strategies or new product or service offerings and the risk
that we will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; reductions in the
number of our access lines and High-Speed Internet subscribers; our ability to
sell enhanced and data services in order to offset ongoing declines in revenue
from local services, switched access services and subsidies; the effects of
ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry as a result of
federal and state legislation and regulation; the effects of competition from
cable, wireless and other wireline carriers (through voice over internet
protocol (VOIP) or otherwise); our ability to adjust successfully to changes in
the communications industry and to implement strategies for improving growth;
adverse changes in the credit markets or in the ratings given to our debt
securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations, which could limit or
restrict the availability, or increase the cost, of financing; reductions in
switched access revenues as a result of regulation, competition and/or
technology substitutions; the effects of changes in both general and local
economic conditions on the markets we serve, which can impact demand for our
products and services, customer purchasing decisions, collectability of revenue
and required levels of capital expenditures related to new construction of
residences and businesses; our ability to effectively manage service quality;
our ability to successfully introduce new product offerings, including our
ability to offer bundled service packages on terms that are both profitable to
us and attractive to our customers; changes in accounting policies or practices
adopted voluntarily or as required by generally accepted accounting principles
or regulators; our ability to effectively manage our operations, operating
expenses and capital expenditures, to pay dividends and to repay, reduce or
refinance our debt; the effects of bankruptcies and home foreclosures, which
could result in increased bad debts; the effects of technological changes and
competition on our capital expenditures and product and service offerings,
including the lack of assurance that our ongoing network improvements will be
sufficient to meet or exceed the capabilities and quality of competing networks;
the effects of increased medical, retiree and pension expenses and related
funding requirements; changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or
rulings, and/or federal or state tax assessments; the effects of state
regulatory cash management policies on our ability to transfer cash among our
subsidiaries and to the parent company; our ability to successfully renegotiate
union contracts expiring in 2009 and thereafter; further declines in the value
of our pension plan assets, which could require us to make contributions to the
pension plan beginning no earlier than 2010; our ability to pay dividends in
respect of our common shares, which may be affected by our cash flow from
operations, amount of capital expenditures, debt service requirements, cash paid
for income taxes (which will increase in 2009) and our liquidity; the effects of
increased cash taxes in 2009 and thereafter; the effects of any unfavorable
outcome with respect to any of our current or future legal, governmental or
regulatory proceedings, audits or disputes; the possible impact of adverse
changes in political or other external factors over which we have no control;
and the effects of hurricanes, ice storms or other severe weather. These and
other uncertainties related to our business are described in greater detail in
our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports
on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, and the foregoing information should be read in
conjunction with these filings. We do not intend to update or revise these
forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or
circumstances. 





Frontier Communications
Karen C. Miller, 845-344-9416
karen.miller@frontiercorp.com



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