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Frontier Communications Corporation Announces HSR Clearance for Its Acquisition of Verizon Wireline Operations in California, Florida and Texas

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Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) today announced that the Federal Trade Commission has granted early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to Frontier’s proposed acquisition of Verizon’s (NYSE:VZ) wireline operations providing services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas. The definitive agreement between Frontier and Verizon was announced February 5, 2015.

The expiration of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions of the completion of the transaction, which remains subject to other customary conditions, including the approval of the Federal Communications Commission and certain governmental authorities in the states covered. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.

“We are pleased about the news from the Federal Trade Commission and look forward to providing service in more areas in California and Florida and to serving new markets in Texas,” said Dan McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of Frontier Communications.

About Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) offers broadband, voice, video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses in 28 states. Frontier’s approximately 17,800 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com.

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This document contains “forward-looking statements,” related to future, not past, events. Forward-looking statements address our expected future business and financial performance and financial condition, and contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” “will,” “would,” or “target.” Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For us, particular uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements include: risks related to the pending acquisition of properties from Verizon, including our ability to complete the acquisition of such operations, our ability to successfully integrate operations, our ability to realize anticipated cost savings, sufficiency of the assets to be acquired from Verizon, our ability to migrate Verizon’s operations from Verizon owned and operated systems and processes to our owned and operated systems and processes successfully, failure to enter into or obtain, or delays in entering into or obtaining, certain agreements and consents necessary to operate the acquired business as planned, failure to obtain, delays in obtaining or adverse conditions contained in any required regulatory approvals for the acquisition, and increased expenses incurred due to activities related to the transaction; the ability of the banks that have provided the bridge financing commitments to meet their obligations thereunder in the event the Company is required to draw on the bridge financing; our ability to raise, on terms reasonable and acceptable to us, all or a portion of the financing to replace the current bridge financing commitments with debt and equity financing to complete the Verizon Transaction prior to the closing of such transaction, which, if the Verizon Transaction is ultimately not consummated or is delayed, could require us to pay significant interest expense, dividends and other costs in connection with the financing without achieving the expected benefits of the Verizon Transaction; risks related to the recently-concluded Connecticut Acquisition, including our ability to fully realize anticipated synergies; our ability to meet our debt and debt service obligations; competition from cable, wireless and other wireline carriers and the risk that we will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; our ability to successfully adjust to changes in the communications industry, including the effects of technological changes and competition on our capital expenditures, products and service offerings; reductions in revenue from our voice customers that we cannot offset with increases in revenue from broadband and video subscribers and sales of other products and services; our ability to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the impact of regulation and regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; continued reductions in switched access revenues as a result of regulation, competition or technology substitutions; the effects of changes in the availability of federal and state universal service funding or other subsidies to us and our competitors; our ability to effectively manage service quality in our territories and meet mandated service quality metrics; our ability to successfully introduce new product offerings; the effects of changes in accounting policies or practices, including potential future impairment charges with respect to our intangible assets; our ability to effectively manage our operations, operating expenses, capital expenditures, debt service requirements and cash paid for income taxes and liquidity, which may affect payment of dividends on our common shares; the effects of changes in both general and local economic conditions on the markets that we serve; the effects of increased medical expenses and pension and postemployment expenses; the effects of changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or rulings, or federal or state tax assessments; our ability to successfully renegotiate union contracts; changes in pension plan assumptions, interest rates, regulatory rules and/or the value of our pension plan assets, which could require us to make increased contributions to the pension plan in 2015 and beyond; adverse changes in the credit markets or in the ratings given to our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations, which could limit or restrict the ability, or increase the cost, of financing to us; the effects of state regulatory cash management practices that could limit our ability to transfer cash among our subsidiaries or dividend funds up to the parent company; the effects of severe weather events or other natural or man-made disasters, which may increase our operating expenses or adversely impact customer revenue; the impact of potential information technology or data security breaches or other disruptions; and the other factors that are described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. These risks and uncertainties may cause our actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in our forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

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