Senator Jean Fuller, Frontier Communications Unite to Bridge the Digital Divide; Announce Expanded Broadband Access for Central California via Connect America Fund | Financial Buzz

Senator Jean Fuller, Frontier Communications Unite to Bridge the Digital Divide; Announce Expanded Broadband Access for Central California via Connect America Fund

Senator
Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield), Frontier
Communications, and the Boys
& Girls Clubs of the Sequoias joined to announce expanded
broadband Internet services to digitally-underserved communities in the
San Joaquin Valley through the federal Connect
America Fund (CAF). Senate Republican Leader Emeritus Fuller has
been a champion for expanded access to broadband for her constituents.

With a long history of serving some of the most rural, high-cost, and
hard-to-serve communities in California, Frontier is committed to
connecting communities with broadband and bringing $228 million in
federal funds to expand broadband availability across California by
2020. Expanded access includes newly enabled broadband to 13,000
households in the 16th Senate District. The enhancements include
high-speed Internet availability to more than 3,800 households in
Exeter, California and the remainder in surrounding communities
including Alpaugh, Dunlap, Fowler, Lemon Cove, Lindsay, Miramonte,
Reedley, Sanger, and Tivy Valley.

“While 95 percent of urban households have access to broadband, it’s a
different story in rural areas where too many communities are cut off
from our digital economy. Today, high-speed Internet access is a
necessity, creating life-changing benefits and enabling Californians to
fully participate in the expanding digital economy,” said Senator
Fuller. “Frontier’s investment in broadband is critical to realizing our
digital opportunities. With expanded access to the Internet, families,
students, children, workers and businesses will gain the access
essential for homework, employment applications, job training, civic
activities, health care, public safety and government services.”

“Frontier Communications is building broadband infrastructure to connect
unserved and underserved households, installing public Wi-Fi hotspots to
connect communities, and offering an affordable broadband service to
ensure low-income residents have access,” said Joe Gamble, senior vice
president for Frontier Communications’ West Region. “We are proud to
join as a community partner and thank Senator Fuller for her advocacy to
eliminate the digital divide in her district and the nation.”

Frontier’s CAF deployment with $38 million per year for six years is
making broadband available to households in some of the most remote and
sparsely populated parts of the state, from the San Joaquin Valley to
the Mojave Desert to the mountains of Northern California: locations
where it is economically unfeasible to deploy broadband infrastructure
without public support.

Following the announcements, Senator Fuller joined leaders from Frontier
and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias for a ribbon-cutting ceremony
celebrating the installation of a public Wi-Fi hotspot and dedication of
a brand-new computer lab for youth educational purposes at the Boys and
Girls Club in Exeter. The no-cost Wi-Fi hotspot provided by Frontier
delivers high-speed Internet service to the entire Boys and Girls Club
and computer workstations provide access to technology, digital literacy
training and internet access for youth education.

“We are pleased to serve the community in partnership with Frontier and
to bring the resources of high-speed Internet to young people who depend
upon our programs to learn and succeed socially and academically,” said
Galen Quenzer, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the
Sequoias. Thanks to Senator Fuller’s leadership, we are able to move one
step closer to closing the digital divide for the communities we serve.”

In addition to establishing free Wi-Fi in underserved areas throughout
California, Frontier also offers Frontier Fundamental low-cost access to
high-speed internet. The offering includes a Chromebook laptop for
qualifying households while supplies last. A display table and program
information was available at the event.

Broadband availability enables businesses and consumers to take full
advantage of the benefits of Internet connectivity including online
education, healthcare, vital information resources and entertainment.
The company is actively marketing its new and enhanced offerings that
provide customers with more choices and affordable connectivity options.
Interested consumers can call 1-855-901-4497 or visit https://internet.frontier.com/services
to check availability and plan pricing.

About Senator Jean Fuller: State Senator Fuller represents the
16th Senate District, which is comprised of large portions of Kern,
Tulare and San Bernardino Counties including the communities of
Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua
Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine
Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and areas in the Kern River Valley.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias: The Boys &
Girls Club of the Sequoias currently serves youth in the communities of
Visalia, Tulare, Ivanhoe, Farmersville, Exeter, Porterville, and
Strathmore. In 2017, BGCS reached over 3,500 youth throughout Tulare
County providing them with meaningful mentoring with caring staff and
participation in life-changing programs. To learn more about the Boys &
Girls Clubs of the Sequoias, or to support its youth-focused programs,
visit the web site at www.bgcsequoias.org.

About Frontier Communications: Frontier Communications
Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) is a leader in providing communications
services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states.
Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its
fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet,
advanced voice, and Frontier Secure® digital protection
solutions. Frontier Business™ offers communications solutions to small,
medium, and enterprise businesses. More information about Frontier is
available at www.frontier.com.

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