The Economic Times  Nov 6  Comment 
This will be the second consecutive year that sugarcane farmers are getting higher returns, especially when re turns from most other crops have been low.
The Economic Times  Oct 29  Comment 
The fair and remunerative price (FRP), the minimum price sugar mills have to pay to farmers, has been fixed at Rs 255 per quintal for the 2017-18 season that starts from this month.
Cellular News  Jul 18  Comment 
The future of the global FRP pole market looks promising with opportunities in power transmission and distribution, telecommunication, lighting and others end use industries. The global FRP pole market is expected to reach an estimated $322.1...
The Economic Times  May 30  Comment 
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has fixed the FRP at Rs 255 per quintal for sugar season (SY) 2017-18.
The Economic Times  May 25  Comment 
The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories, which represents cooperative sugar mills, welcomed the government's decision to hike sugarcane FRP for the next season.


Fairpoint is the eighth largest wireline telephone company in the United States, based on number of access lines as of September 30, 2008. It operates in 18 states with approximately 1.8 million access line equivalents (including voice access lines and high-speed data lines, which include DSL, fiber-to-the-premises, wireless broadband and cable modem) as of September 30, 2008.[1] It offers an array of services, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet and broadband product offerings to residential and business customers, primarily in northern New England.

Trends and Forces

Limited Competition

Fairpoint is one of a number of rural telecom carriers that operate primarily in markets exempt from direct wireline competition by federal law. While these rural local exchange carriers (RLECs) still face modest competition, generally coming from wireless carriers offering large buckets of minutes, customer retention has been stronger, and their total access-line counts have held up better than those of their Baby Bell brethren.

Line Substitution

RLECs have come under pressure as consumers swap traditional phone lines for wireless substitutes. Analysts have questioned whether these increased access line losses will affect the sustainability of revenue and free cash flow for RLECs. Additionally, extra competition has come in the form of cable companies that offer triple-play packages including voice services.

Industry Consolidation

Industry consolidation continues despite tough economic conditions - ex. CenturyTel's $11.6 billion offer for Embarq on Oct. 27, 2008.

Previously, Fairpoint purchased the northern New England operations of Verizon's wireline business. That transaction (estimated to add 1.5 million access lines, 180,000 DSL customers and 600,00 long distance telephone customers) closed on March 31, 2008.


In a RLEC industry comparison, Stifel Nicolaus suggests EBITDA per access line is appropriate. [2]


Other RLECs


  1. http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1062613/000104746908011758/a2188918z10-q.htm 2008 Q3 10-q, page 32
  2. http://www.telecomassn.org/conferences/2004/summer/2008StifelRLECMonitor.pdf
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