Thursday, September 10, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Round I Applicants: West Virginia and Frontier Apply for $55 Million

Stimulus Funds Proposed for Expansion of Frontier’s Networks in Rural Unserved and Underserved Areas in West Virginia

Business Wire via 09/10/09 STAMFORD, Conn. - Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR), one of the nation’s largest providers of communications services to rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities, announced today that it has submitted two applications for federal funding in West Virginia through the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

If granted, the applications for an aggregate of $55 million, supplemented by Frontier’s “match,” would result in $69 million available for expanding broadband availability and speeds in West Virginia. One application was filed on behalf of the areas Frontier Communications is authorized to serve as an Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC). The second application was filed on behalf of the areas throughout West Virginia (outside the ILEC) that Frontier is authorized to serve as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC).

$7.2 billion has been allocated for broadband infrastructure in the ARRA, of that, $4.7 billion is administered by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the remaining $2.5 billion by Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for specific deployment of broadband networks and related infrastructure in rural, unserved and underserved communities across the U.S.

Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, commented, “Broadband is essential to our nation’s economic well-being and to providing consumers access to vital educational, medical and financial information no matter where they live. Broadband drives the growth of communities and it will help the most remote areas of this country participate fully in the global marketplace.”

She added, “Our applications under the BTOP and BIP programs for rural broadband deployment are thoroughly researched and financially sound. We believe we are the best-positioned Company to extend the reach of broadband in West Virginia.” The goal of the Broadband Initiatives Program is to enhance America’s productivity and economic competitiveness by increasing broadband adoption while creating sustainable jobs.

Mrs. Wilderotter remarked, “Frontier’s plan will ensure that superior service is delivered to critical community facilities such as schools and colleges, libraries, primary care centers, nursing homes and other medical and health care centers and community support organizations. Our network design will allow businesses and consumers to take advantage of distance learning, telemedicine and related applications requiring large amounts of broadband capacity.

“Frontier looks forward to the opportunity of working with the State of West Virginia and the key federal government agencies to expand broadband access into rural areas.”
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