The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 10, 2013

Frontier upgrade ahead of schedule

Broadband available to at least 85 percent of West Virginia households


— More than a year ahead of schedule, Frontier Communications has delivered on its promise to make broadband service available to at least 85 percent of households in the West Virginia markets acquired from Verizon in July 2010.

In a recent filing with the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC), Frontier reported that broadband service has become available to an additional 158,000 Mountain State households since July 2010. That equates to 86.4 percent of the households in Frontier’s newly acquired service areas, up from about 62 percent in July 2010. At the time of the transaction, Frontier pledged to exceed 85 percent by 2014.

Frontier offers customers broadband, digital phone service, television, Frontier satellite broadband, customer premises equipment (telephone systems, support for commercial businesses and e911 applications) and Web security/data backup through the Frontier Secure suite of services.

“Frontier has followed a defined strategic plan since July 2010 to extend broadband service in West Virginia while enhancing broadband speeds and bandwidths to our existing customers,” said Dana Waldo, senior vice president and general manager for Frontier in West Virginia. “We remain on course to keep our promise to make West Virginia one of the most connected states in the nation.”

The PSC report noted that Frontier made $108.9 million in capital investments last year in West Virginia, including broadband-related investments. The 2012 investments brought Frontier’s capital investment in West Virginia since July 2010 to $292.2 million. The company pledged in 2010 to invest $310 million in West Virginia through 2013.