FairPoint Communications

FairPoint Communications, Inc.
Subsidiary
Traded asNASDAQ: FRP
IndustryCommunications Services
Founded1991 (1991)
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina, USA
Key people
Paul H Sunu, Chief Executive Officer; Rose Hauser, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
ProductsInternet services, Local wireline, Cable Television
Revenue$1,274.62 million [1]
-$68.53 million
Number of employees
3,300[2]
ParentConsolidated Communications
WebsiteOfficial website

FairPoint Communications, Inc. was headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and operated communication services in 31 markets in 17 states, mostly in rural areas. FairPoint services include local and long distance phone service, data, Internet, broadband, television, business communications solutions and fiber services.[3] FairPoint, along with Frontier Communications, has been at the forefront of acquiring Verizon landline operations in past years.

History

FairPoint was founded as MJD Communications Inc. in 1991, and was established as an Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) which gave it certain rights and obligations regarding providing service to rural areas.

The company acquired the Cass County Telephone Company in 2006, integrating its operations into FairPoint Communications Missouri. It also acquired the Germantown Independent Telephone Company in Germantown, Ohio.

Northern New England expansion

In 2007, FairPoint had about 330,000 access points or customers. In that year, Verizon Communications announced plans to sell its landline operations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (Northern New England Spinco) to FairPoint for $2.7 billion. Of that amount, $1.7 billion would go to Verizon Communications in cash and debt and approximately $1.015 billion would go to Verizon shareholders in FairPoint common stock. Verizon would hold no stock.

After extensive federal and state regulatory review and approval, the purchase became effective March 31, 2008, for a price of $2.4 billion. State regulators sought a lower figure out of concerns that excess debt would hamper service and expansion.

Approximately 1.6 million phone customers and 230,000 internet users in the three states were added to FairPoint's customer base, with the result that the Northern New England customers represented 85% of FairPoint's customers.[4]

This increase made FairPoint Communications the 8th largest phone company in the United States.

Bankruptcy

On May 5, 2009 FairPoint indicated in its First Quarter 2009 Report that it was "considering engaging a financial advisor to evaluate its current capital structure and to explore options with respect to a potential restructuring." It also acknowledged that it was "at risk of failing to comply with the interest coverage covenant contained in its credit facility as early as the covenant measurement period ending June 30, 2009."[5]

On October 26, 2009, FairPoint Communications filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[6][7]

The company emerged from bankruptcy in January 2011.[8]

Verizon later lost its remaining money it made on the sale.[9] The remaining money from the sale in stock was lost when FairPoint declared bankruptcy. It previously lost all but $5 million from the lawsuit.

Payphone sale

FairPoint payphone in Randolph, Vermont in 2012

On May 22, 2012, FairPoint announced that it would sell its pay telephone operations to Pacific Telemanagement Services. The deal includes its 4,000 payphones operated through Northern New England Telephone Operations and Telephone Operating Company of Vermont. Fairpoint announced that the phones have become unprofitable at about $1 million in revenue.[10]

2014 Northern New England strike

On October 14, 2014, FairPoint Communications froze the pensions of nearly 2,000 employees who had built, maintained, and serviced vital telecommunications infrastructure throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The company had already stopped providing retiree health care and support for child and elder care. Workers said that this was all part of FairPoint's plan to turn their good middle-class jobs into low-wage temporary jobs. Leaders of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said that FairPoint management abandoned the bargaining process on August 27 after refusing to compromise on any substantive issue since negotiations began.[11]

FairPoint replaced striking workers with contingency workers from as far away as Oregon and California. The replacement workers struggled to maintain normal service as a series of nor'easter storms brought rain and snowy winter conditions to the three-state area. [12]

Purchase by Consolidated Communications

In December 2016 FairPoint was purchased by Consolidated Communications for $1.5 billion including assumption of debt. The acquisition closed in July 2017. The combined company operates under the Consolidated Communications name.[13]

Service areas

FairPoint owns the following operating companies:

Former operating companies

The 18 states served in part are:[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Financial Statements for FairPoint Communications Inc". Google Finance. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Stock Quotes & Company News: Fairpoint Communications". Reuters. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Corporate Profile". FairPoint Communications.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080516063352/http://www.fairpoint.com/news/merger_news/joint_press_release.html. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "FairPoint Communications, Inc. - Investors - Earnings and Press Releases". phx.corporate-ir.net. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "FairPoint phone company files for bankruptcy". Archived from the original on October 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "FairPoint Communications Chapter 11 Petition" (PDF). PacerMonitor. PacerMonitor. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "FairPoint meets broadband commitment in Maine". News & Observer. January 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.law360.com/articles/566923/verizon-to-pay-95m-to-settle-fairpoint-acquisition-row. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "FairPoint Freezes Pensions of Nearly 2,000 Northern New England Employees | Fairness@Fairpoint". fairnessatfairpoint.com. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "FairPoint CEO’s “Confidence” in Strike Contingency Plans Contradicted by Serious Service Problems | Fairness@Fairpoint". fairnessatfairpoint.com. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ Consolidated snaps up FairPoint for $1.5B, adds 3K on-net buildings, fiber to the tower footprint Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom, December 5, 2016
  14. ^ "Local Calling Guide: Area code/prefix search. Accessed February 14, 2012". Localcallingguide.com. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "Local Calling Guide: Area code/prefix search. Accessed February 14, 2012". Localcallingguide.com. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ "Member Companies :: Syringa Networks". Syringanetworks.net. Retrieved 2014.

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