Frontier Communications Corporation is the fourth largest fiber internet provider in the USA. The DSL market has many times more subscribers than fiber and Frontier is the fifth largest provider in that market. Frontier provides DSL internet services in 29 states and fiber internet in six states. The company also provides telephone service and delivers pay-TV. Overall, Frontier is the eight largest internet provider in the United States and also the country’s 11th largest TV carrier.
The company began life in 1935 in Minneapolis as the Citizens Utilities Company. The company expanded steadily by acquiring telephone networks from other companies. Citizens owned many gas, water, and electricity supply companies around the United States, but it sold those off in the early years of this decade so that it could concentrate on its telecommunications business. The company changed its name to Citizen Communications Corporation in 2000.
Citizens Communications acquired Frontier Communications from Global Crossing in 2001. Although Frontier was just one division of the much larger Citizens portfolio, the parent company decided to change its name to Frontier Communications in 2008.
Frontier acquired its fiber lines from Verizon. Verizon calls its fiber network Fios. Frontier follows that naming convention, calling its fiber network Frontier Fios. The fiber network is available in Washington state, Oregon, California, Texas, Florida, and Indiana.