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Frontier Communications spent $78 M on network

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Telecommunications company Frontier Communications Co. said Wednesday that it spent about $78 million in Washington state last year to improve its infrastructure and expand into new markets.

Stamford, Conn.-based Frontier offers broadband, digital phone, video and other telecom services.

The company said the 2011 investments will make its broadband services available to more than 45 new locations in Washington. The investment will boost broadband availability within its service territory to 90 percent from 68 percent.

The company said the improvements will help its commercial customers who need more bandwidth. Frontier Communications acquired the service area in 2010.

Frontier has more than 1,177 employees in Washington state and has added 250 jobs there since June.

Shares fell 8 cents, or 2 percent, to $4.01 in afternoon trading.