Consolidated Communications is moving quickly to change the narrative for its business in New England. They recently rebranded FairPoint to Consolidated following its acquisition last year, and today have announced plans to upgrade the company's access network.
They are starting from the bottom up, taking aim at some 500,000 consumers and small businesses. If it all comes together as planned, by the end of this year most of those customers will see double or triple the available bandwidth available while 100,000 will have access to 1Gbps. 500K may not be that many in the bigger metros, but it's nearly 20% of the combined population of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and more than that as a percentage of Consolidated's actual reach in those states, so it's not a minor project. Consolidated also has new security, business continuity, IP-based voice and video, and other products on the way.
A big part of Consolidated's rationale for the FairPoint acquisition was that FairPoint's fiber footprint wasn't getting the credit it deserved, and some of that was of course because not enough people were able to tap into it. Consolidated is therefore planning to invest in rectifying that situation, hoping it will go a long way toward changing minds about the region's incumbent provider.