Aggregate gross proceeds of $490 million to support the Company’s fiber network expansion
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced today that its subsidiary, Clio Subsidiary, LLC, has completed the sale of its limited partnership interests in five wireless partnerships to Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, the general partner of the partnerships. A portion of the interest in one of the partnerships was sold to a limited partner of such partnership, pursuant to its right of first refusal. The $490 million in aggregate gross proceeds from the sale of the five wireless partnership interests will be invested in the business and used to support the Company’s Fiber to the Premises (FttP) broadband growth plan.
“The proceeds from this sale will be used for the company’s growth plan and directly support our Fidium fiber expansion and transformation to a fiber-first broadband company,” commented Bob Udell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Communications. “We are executing well on our growth plan and reached a significant milestone last quarter by achieving net positive broadband adds.”
About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is dedicated to moving people, businesses and communities forward by delivering the latest reliable communications solutions. Consumers, businesses and wireless and wireline carriers depend on Consolidated for a wide range of high-speed internet, data, phone, security, cloud and wholesale carrier solutions. With a network spanning more than 50,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated is a top 10 U.S. fiber provider, turning technology into solutions that are backed by exceptional customer support. Learn more at www.consolidated.com.
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Jennifer Spaude, Consolidated Communications