As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 12, 2010

                                                Registration No. 333-

                                UNITED STATES
                           Washington, D.C. 20549

                                  FORM S-8
                           Registration Statement
                         The Securities Act of 1933

                         CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS
                               HOLDINGS, INC.
           (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

               Delaware                              02-0636095
   (State or other jurisdiction of                (I.R.S. employer
    incorporation or organization)              identification no.)

                            121 South 17th Street
                        Mattoon, Illinois 61938-3987
        (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

                        2005 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN
                          (Full title of each plan)

                             Steven L. Childers
              Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
                 Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
                            121 South 17th Street
                        Mattoon, Illinois 61938-3987
                   (Name and address of agent for service)

                               (217) 235-3311
        (Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

                               With a copy to:

                             Lauralyn G. Bengel
                              Schiff Hardin LLP
                           233 South Wacker Drive
                                 66th Floor
                           Chicago, Illinois 60606
                               (312) 258-5670

        Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large
   accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a
   smaller reporting company.  See definitions of "large accelerated
   filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule
   12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

   Large accelerated filer    [ ]          Accelerated filer         [X]

   Non-accelerated filer      [ ]          Smaller reporting company [ ]
   Do not check if a smaller
   reporting company)

                              CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

                                                                  Proposed            Proposed
                                                 Amount            maximum            maximum
                                                 to be         offering price        aggregate           Amount of
   Title of Securities to be Registered        registered         per share        offering price    registration fee
   ------------------------------------        ----------      --------------      --------------    ----------------
   Common Stock, par value $.01 per share       900,000(2)        $17.43(1)        $15,687, 000(1)     $1,118.48(1)

   (1)  Estimated on the basis of $17.43 per share, the average of the
        high and low sales prices of the Registrant's Common Stock as
        reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on May 7, 2010
        solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee
        pursuant to Rule 457(c) and (h) of the Securities Act of 1933.

   (2)  Pursuant to Rule 416 of the Securities Act of 1933, this
        Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares of
        Common Stock which become issuable under the Plan pursuant to
        this Registration Statement by reason of any stock dividend,
        stock split, recapitalization or any other similar transaction
        which results in an increase in the number of the Registrant's
        outstanding shares of Common Stock.


        The contents of the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No.
   333-128934), filed by the Registrant with the Securities and Exchange
   Commission on October 11, 2005, registering shares of its Common
   Stock, par value $0.01 per share, issuable under the Plan, are hereby
   incorporated by reference.

                                   PART II


        All information required in the Registration Statement (other
   than the exhibits and the signature page) is set forth in the
   Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-128934), as described
   above, and is incorporated herein by reference.

   Item 8.     Exhibits.

        The exhibits filed herewith or incorporated by reference herein
   are set forth in the Exhibit Index filed as part of this Registration



        Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the
   Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it
   meets all of the requirements for filing this Registration Statement
   and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its
   behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of
   Mattoon, State of Illinois, on the 4th day of May, 2010.

                                 CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS
                                 HOLDINGS, INC.

                                 By:  /s/ Steven L. Childers
                                      Steven L. Childers
                                      Senior Vice President and
                                        Chief Financial Officer

                              POWER OF ATTORNEY

        Each person whose signature appears below hereby authorizes
   Robert J. Currey and Steven L. Childers his true and lawful attorney-
   in-fact, acting alone, with full power of substitution and
   resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and
   all capacities, to sign on such person's behalf, individually and in
   each capacity stated below, any and all amendments (including any
   post-effective amendments and supplements) to this Registration
   Statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other
   documents in connection therewith, with the SEC, granting unto said
   attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform
   each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done, as
   fully and to all intents and purposes such person might or could do in
   person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in fact
   and agent, or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause
   to be done by virtue hereof.

        Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this
   Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the
   capacities indicated on the 4th day of May, 2010.

              SIGNATURE                    TITLE               DATE
              ---------                    -----               ----

    /s/ Robert J. Currey           President, Chief         May 4, 2010
    -----------------------------  Executive Officer and
    Robert J. Currey               Director (Principal
                                   Executive Officer)


    /s/ Steven L. Childers         Senior Vice President    May 4, 2010
    -----------------------------  and Chief Financial
    Steven L. Childers             Officer (Principal
                                   Financial Officer and
                                   Principal Accounting

    /s/ Jack W. Blumenstein        Director                 May 4, 2010
    Jack W. Blumenstein

    /s/ Richard A. Lumpkin         Chairman of the Board    May 4, 2010
    -----------------------------  and Director
    Richard A. Lumpkin

    /s/ Roger H. Moore             Director                 May 4, 2010
    Roger H. Moore

    /s/ Maribeth S. Rahe           Director                 May 4, 2010
    Maribeth S. Rahe


                              INDEX TO EXHIBITS

    NUMBER    Exhibit
    ------    -------

       4.1    Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation
              (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to
              Amendment No. 7 to the Registrant's Registration
              Statement on Form S-1 dated July 19, 2005 (File
              No. 333-121086))

       4.2    Amended and Restated Bylaws (incorporated by
              reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Registrant's Form
              10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2009)

       4.3    Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. 2005
              Long-Term Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference
              to May 10 Exhibit 99.1 to the Registrant's Form 8-K
              filed on May 10, 2010)

        5     Opinion of Schiff Hardin LLP

      23.1    Consent of Ernst & Young LLP

      23.2    Consent of Schiff Hardin LLP (included as part of
              Exhibit 5)

       24     Power of Attorney (set forth on the signature page)