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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Frontier Communications continues network rebuilding in Washington

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  • Saturday, May 17 will mark six months since the devastating tornadoes that cut a path through the city of Washington.
     
    Following the storm, Frontier crews worked around-the-clock to clear tree limbs and debris, replace telephone poles and repair and replace damaged lines. Frontier offered free calling from local offices as well as free Wi-Fi in special hot spots in the community. Frontier Communications President and COO Dan McCarthy and Region President John Lass surveyed the damage and presented a $15,000 company contribution to relief efforts.
     
    In the months since November 2013, Frontier has done the following:
    • Rebuilt more than 250 pedestals (metal boxes that house voice and data communications circuits);
    • Replaced more than 14,000 feet of cable, including critical fiber optic links for 911 services;
    • Invested time, effort and more than $750,000 in capital to restore vital services and improve the telecommunications network; and
    • Committed to continued investment in the Washington community.
     
    This weekend Frontier will be the premier sponsor of Washington Strong Night at the Peoria Chiefs baseball stadium on May 17 to commemorate all of Washington’s rebuilding efforts. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and commemorative Washington Strong baseball jersey sales will go to the Recovery Washington Fund. In a special effort to recognize residents displaced by the tornado, Frontier distributed several hundred baseball game tickets to Washington families. 
     
    To purchase tickets, please call the Chiefs box office at 309-680-4000 or visit http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t443
     
    “Those of us close to Washington understand how much work remains to be done; how much debris remains to be cleared; how many people are still displaced and lives disrupted,” said Kim Zugmaier, Frontier General Manager. “But May 17 will be a celebration of the resiliency and determination of everyone in this community that life can and does go on.  It will be Frontier’s salute to a community we hold dear and where we live and work.”

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