- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - FairPoint Communications is awarding $50,000 to three nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to connecting and serving communities in Maine.

The telecommunications company says that under the FairPoint Connected Communities program, it will provide $16,000 and a customized package valued up to $1,000 to each of the organizations. FairPoint plans to announce the winners in early July.

Since 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $50 million to extend broadband service in Maine, and broadband is now available in nearly 90 percent of its territory in the state.

FairPoint is in the process of merging with Illinois-based Consolidate Communications. Company officials expect to close the deal later this year.

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