FairPoint to award $50K to nonprofits to expand broadband

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – FairPoint Communications[1] is awarding £50,000 to three nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to connecting and serving communities in Maine. The telecommunications company says that under the FairPoint[2] Connected Communities program, it will provide £16,000 and a customized package valued up to £1,000 to each of the organizations. FairPoint[3] plans to announce the winners in early July. Since 2008, FairPoint[4] has invested more than £50 million to extend broadband service in Maine, and broadband is now available in nearly 90 percent of its territory in the state.

FairPoint[5] is in the process of merging with Illinois-based Consolidate Communications.

Company officials expect to close the deal later this year.


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