FairPoint CEO Speaks in Bangor 

FairPoint’s CEO says they’re looking at growth in Maine, even after filing for bankruptcy in October and facing criticism from state officials.CEO David Hauser came to Bangor to speak to The Action Committee of 50, part of a forum on local economic issues.Hauser says FairPoint is adding customers and looking to expand broadband services in Maine over the next few years. They’ve also applied for stimulus funds aimed at bringing broadband to rural areas.The CEO also heard from the audience. Some said FairPoint’s broadband pricing was too high. Others asked why people should trust the company, after their problems with finances and technology.”We make no bones, we stumbled. We have also done a lot of work to improve the systems and improve the customer experience. We’re going to keep getting it better and better and it’s time to look forward,” Hauser says.He says FairPoint will continue to provide funding to the Mobilize Maine program, which encourages economic growth, and attend to other business as usual during their debt restructuring. That’s expected to last a few more months.Hauser says they’re still working on their plan for reorganization, which they will present to the court early next year.