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Frontier Communications Parent (FYBR)

Participants
Spencer Kurn Head, Investor Relations
John Stratton Executive Chairman
Nick Jeffery President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Beasley Chief Financial Officer
Brett Feldman Goldman Sachs
Philip Cusick JP Morgan
Anthony Nemoto Citi
Greg Williams Cowen
Vikash Harlalka New Street Research
Frank Louthan Raymond James
Simon Flannery Morgan Stanley
Nick Del Deo MoffettNathanson
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Operator

Welcome to the Frontier Q1 2022 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today’s conference is being recorded. I’d now like to hand over the conference to your speaker today, Spencer Kurn, Head of Investor Relations. Thank you and please go ahead.

Spencer Kurn

Good morning and welcome to Frontier Communications’ first quarter 2022 earnings call. Frontier’s Investor Kurn, Spencer is Head Relations. of This Chief call John Nick Stratton, joining Scott President me Chairman is the on Beasley, and Officer Board; And Executive today of Chief Executive Officer. Financial and Jeffery, the Today’s is in presentation of Investor the and section available Relations Presentations can website. within and webcast followed our be the Events

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John Stratton

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Nick Jeffery

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Scott Beasley

good and Thank morning, you, Nick, everyone.

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Spencer Kurn

ready we’re Thanks, Q&A. Scott. Operator, for now

Operator

you. Thank

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Brett Feldman

your net the landscape your little some looks for of like mean, a cable fiber color adds to you bit degree, us you what improving obviously, was right have, expense competitive Thank I becoming on the give more having could taking the question. the I hoping Nick, with at now. competitors. Yes. traction you’re

service, you’re are know in looking versus areas make that you’re seeing to from to your wireless you versus people impact disconnecting who rural you. So you hear of many deploying interested are just for populated more are them to on decision areas might I’m a to more other are whether forced be and your that’s at seeing whether then coming more also different, from how meaning where your wondering people them. you what densely Thank fixed when And you as thoughts reaction jump the you’re balls they I’m switchers, the winning fiber, to just extent terms move? of what are fiber.

Nick Jeffery

good Three Brett. Thanks, questions there.

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Brett Feldman

you. thank Okay,

John Stratton

a take we Thanks, question, Brett. Operator, please. next will

Operator

is So the line your next ahead from question go now with JP Philip Morgan. Please question. your from Philip, Cusick open. is

Philip Cusick

Thank guys. you. I Hi, Two if things, can.

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Scott Beasley

Sure, the John to then first second for Phil, is pass one one. I’ll the and this Scott. take

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John Stratton

John. it’s Phil, Yes,

that penetration the in XXXX its cohort of tranche, on Just kind down We’ve build rate. real quick of second. talked first the terms

market of by what penetration could it was that own that mean rates. in I sort it and what fiber as So is very as right right rich it’s of small build, optimal their a the in pre-existing very high had of the was sort be, middle as

broader see So, the you those it to effectively as we country. would out, the mirrors looks were markets rate the it on opposed as and going ground in what penetration across

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put place really were year, they their mid are getting teams new those and As now up last going. in engines of spooled

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So, hopefully, that’s helpful.

Philip Cusick

very much. Thanks

Spencer Kurn

our next will Thanks Philip. question take we please. Operator,

Operator

from Please is with your is And question. our next open. Anthony your question Citi. go now ahead from Anthony, line Nemoto

Anthony Nemoto

Good morning and thanks taking the questions.

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that? For in the you And m point And in quarter, for that megabytes adds contributed, for outperformance? net what think sequential just that the the on like that a quarter? any XXX I traction of headwind. wondering the terms month of offer update ACP, basis any, XXX last announced the then you I I to mean drove expecting were the how if much

Scott Beasley

is Anthony, Scott. Sure. this

improve our our Fit of beyond reduction program, our did cost driven Future the we by our expectations, margins for outperformance, outperformance margin program. largely the On

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Anthony Nemoto

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Greg Williams

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Nick Jeffery

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Greg Williams

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Vikash Harlalka

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Nick Jeffery

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John Stratton

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Vikash Harlalka

much. Got it. Thanks helpful. Very so

Spencer Kurn

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Frank Louthan

Great. Thank Two questions. you.

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Nick Jeffery

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John Stratton

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Frank Louthan

you Thank Great. Alright. very much.

Spencer Kurn

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Simon Flannery

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John Stratton

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Scott Beasley

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Simon Flannery

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Nick Del Deo

in. Alright. Hey. Good me guys. morning Thanks fitting for

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Scott Beasley

Nick. Sure, Yes.

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Nick Jeffery

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Spencer Kurn

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