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Consolidated Communications Helps Parents Keep Kids Safe During Data Privacy Week

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Children’s screen time doubled in last two years, staying safe online is a key concern

MATTOON, Ill., January 24, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) is educating parents to help their kids understand data privacy and stay safer while online.

Children doubled their screen time at the onset of the pandemic, according to a JAMA Pediatrics study. The study focused on children’s recreational online usage, not remote learning, and found kids spend an average 7.7 hours on screens each day.

With kids spending more time online than ever before, the need to educate them on data privacy and usage is paramount. At the same time, 76% of individuals say it’s too hard to understand how information they share on apps, online and with the companies they do business with is being used.

Kicking off Data Privacy Week, Jan. 24 – 28, 2022, Consolidated is offering simple, actionable, age appropriate tips to teach kids about data privacy on its Stay Safe Online web resource at consolidated.com/StaySafeOnline.

"Our kids are spending more time online than ever before, between online gaming, social media, and video streaming," said Aaron Reason, senior director of Network Security for Consolidated. "We must teach ourselves and our kids to understand how data can be used and to weigh the risks associated with the convenience of sharing information. Consolidated is a proponent of safe online data practices and works hard to educate our customers and communities."

The National Cyber Security Alliance offers tips to help individuals and businesses better protect data, available at consolidated.com/staysafeonline.

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 consolidated.com. Connect with us on social media.

About Data Privacy Week

Data Privacy Day is now Data Privacy Week! Between January 24 – 28, 2022, the National Cybersecurity Alliance will host events and share advice and resources to educate individuals and organizations on data privacy. Help us to educate others by getting involved in the campaign. During this webinar, we take an in-depth dive into the campaign and answer questions to help you customize the campaign for your audiences. We provide an overview of the campaign’s theme and messages, review the materials in this year’s toolkit and share tips and advice for launching your own initiatives. Learn more at staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-week.

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Contacts

Nicole Elton, Consolidated Communications
Nicole.Elton@Consolidated.com, 510-316-1430

Jennifer Spaude, Consolidated Communications
Jennifer.spaude@consolidated.com, 507-386-3765