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Frontier Communications Statement Regarding Court Decision Affirming FCC Order Requiring “Just and Reasonable” Pole Attachment Rates

2013-02-27 18:59 ET - News Release

Background:On February 26, 2013, a three-judge D.C. Circuit Court Panel unanimously upheld a 2011 FCC order that seeks to drive down the costs and reduce delays for telecom providers when attaching lines and other equipment to utility poles for distributing their broadband services.

The following statement may be attributed to Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Executive Vice President, External Affairs for Frontier Communications:

Company Website: http://www.frontier.com/
WASHINGTON -- (Business Wire)

"Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) applauds the DC Circuit Court’s decision affirming an FCC order that requires all utility pole attachment rates be "just and reasonable.” The court agreed with the FCC’s conclusion that obtaining access to poles and other infrastructure is critical to the deployment of telecommunications and broadband services, particularly since "the expense of obtaining permits and leasing pole attachments and rights-of-way can amount to 20% of the cost of fiber deployment.” The FCC further stated that this practice of over-charging for utility pole attachments can be a significant source of cost and delay when building broadband networks.

Frontier Communications believes that the court’s decision is another positive step in delivering broadband services to previously unserved and underserved areas and eliminates an unnecessary financial hurdle.

About Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) is an S&P 500 company and is included in the FORTUNE 500 list of America’s largest corporations. Frontier offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, entertainment services like TumTiki.com, data security solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier’s approximately 14,700 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com.


Frontier Communications Corporation
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Office: 916-686-3333
Mobile: 916-206-8198

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