Fairpoint/Consolidated merger letter to customers

The following form letter was mailed to business customers of FairPoint Communications, Inc. beginning on February 27, 2017:
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[Name]
[Street Address]
[City], [State] [Zip]
February 27, 2017
Dear FairPoint Customer:
As we shared with you in December, Consolidated Communications, a publicly traded telecommunications provider (NASDAQ: CNSL), has signed an agreement to acquire FairPoint Communications. Since the announcement, our teams have been working to secure regulatory and shareholder approvals. We are pleased to report we are making progress on all fronts and expect to close on the transaction by mid-2017.
You’re probably wondering how this may affect your business. We’d like to personally reassure you of our commitment to make the merger seamless for you, our valued customer. Any services or agreements you have with FairPoint will remain in place and, after closing, our local support team will continue to serve you.
Consolidated Communications has a long history of stability, innovation and responsive product development. We are excited about delivering the benefits of an enhanced product suite and leveraging a stronger financial position that come with this combination. We will continue to strengthen our local roots in the communities we serve and bring even greater access to new and relevant technologies across our markets.
We hope you share our excitement about this planned business combination, and we will continue to provide updates as we near the completion of the transaction. For additional information about this merger, visit www.fairpoint.com/consolidated.
Thank you for your continued business.
Sincerely,
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Paul Sunu                            Robert Udell, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer                        President and Chief Executive Officer
FairPoint Communications                    Consolidated Communications, Inc.