Consolidated Communications,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and other state officials will join FairPoint’s leadership team to honor the extraordinary dedication and service to Vermont and their fellow Vermonters following Tropical Storm Irene. Tropical Storm Irene tested all Vermonters, and the FairPoint Vermont State President’s Awards were created to honor those who went way beyond the call-of-duty to keep Vermonters, and their towns and villages, connected. 2011 has been a tough year for Vermont. In addition to rebuilding Vermont telecommunications infrastructure post-Tropical Storm Irene, FairPoint helped communities recover from historic spring floods in Chittenden and Franklin counties. Wedged in between and during these 100-year events, FairPoint successfully completed the largest broadband buildout Vermont has ever seen with almost 1,100 miles of new fiber and nearly 90 percent of FairPoint’s Vermont customers now having broadband access. Following remarks from FairPoint Vermont State President Mike Smith, Gov. Shumlin and FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu, the 70 FairPoint award recipients ‘ chosen from many different roles and locations around the state ‘ will be presented with special commemorative plaques. Who: · Peter Shumlin, governor, State of Vermont· Paul Sunu, CEO, FairPoint Communications· Mike Smith, state president, FairPoint Vermont· 70 FairPoint employees to be honored for exceptional service to Vermont Where: FairPoint Communications800 Hinesburg RoadSouth Burlington, VT When:· Monday, December 12, 2011· 2 p.m.