FairPoint Communications specializes in offering internet, phone and television services in the rural areas in 17 states in USA. The majority of the coverage areas are rural areas. The company was originally founded as MJD Communications Inc in 1991. It was given the authority to offer internet services to the rural areas by the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC). Fairpoint Communications is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company took over the Cass County Telephone Company in 2006. It also took over another Ohio based company called Germantown Independent Telephone Company.
It is estimated that 85% of the customers are from northern New England. The majority of the customers subscribe to their phone plans. Some of the services that Fairpoint offers are DSL, fiber optics high speed internet, cable television and fixed wireless access. Fairpoint offers 3 standard speed for the broadband internet services including 4 Mbps, 15 Mbps and 30 Mbps. The price for the broadband internet plans start from $16.99 per month. They use a combination of both fiber optic, copper and HFC line.
Fairpoint Communications maintain a fiber core ethernet network that has over 20,000 route miles of fiber. Out of the 20,000 route miles of fiber, the 17,000 route miles of fiber is located in the north part of New England. Fairpoint internet plans are available for residential and business uses. They offer standalone internet plans as well as managed and packaged plans.
Fairpoint Communications offers DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) internet services to 3.5 millions people in the coverage area. It offers its services primarily to consumers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. It ranks as the 50th largest cable company in the USA and offers the cable services to about 111,000 people. It offers about 330,000 access points and provides fixed wireless services to about 11,000 people.
Fairpoint Communications just recently started to offer 1 Gbps of fiber internet service to Portsmouth in New Hampshire. Portsmouth is the first city to receive the super high speed Gigabit internet from Fairpoint. Some of the eligible addresses in Portsmouth including Greenland, New Castle, Rye, and Newington. The Gigabit internet service allows customers to download song or movie in just a few seconds. You can upload a large video to a video sharing site in less than 5 seconds. This super high speed internet allows you to upload 100 MB of photos online in just a few seconds. The Gigabit internet service is suitable to be used for household that wants to connect multiple computers.
The plans that Fairpoint Communications offer vary depending on your locations. To find out what internet/phone/TV plans are available in your area, you must enter your zip code at the Fairpoint Communications site. They also offer bundle plans that bundle together at least 2 plans to help you to save money. Fairpoint Communications offers a plan called Seasonal Suspend program which enables you to temporarily suspend your phone/internet plan if you are know you are not going to be using it for some time. You will find the Seasonal Suspend program helpful in cutting down your utility bill if you won’t be available at home for a couple of months.