SUREWEST TAKES ON THE
CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS NAME

Change Reinforces ‘One Company, One Vision’ for CCI

ROSEVILLE, CA– Consolidated Communications, Inc. (CCI) announced that effective today, it will begin doing business in its SureWest markets under the "Consolidated Communications" name and brand.

"This is an exciting time for our company, our customers and our employees," said Consolidated Communications President & COO Bob Udell. "Using the Consolidated Communications name in our California and Kansas markets helps us operate as one united company with a keen focus on providing innovative products at competitive prices while maintaining the highest levels of customer service."

CCI completed its acquisition of SureWest on July 1, 2012 and announced its decision to change the name of the company in the Greater Sacramento and Greater Kansas City markets in October 2013. Current customers will not be required to change their email addresses.

Consolidated Communications is one of the largest independent telecommunications providers in the U.S., with operations in six states. In 2013, the company reported $601.6 million in revenue with approximately 746,000 service connections.

Udell concluded, "We are committed to being a strong local partner that gives back to the communities we serve. As our name becomes increasingly visible in the community and as you continue to interact with our employees who have been your longtime colleagues and neighbors, I hope you will continue to see us as a company on which you can rely."

About Consolidated Communications
Founded more than a century ago, Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ:CNSL) provides advanced communications services to both residential and business customers in California, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania. Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of services over its technologically advanced IP-based network, including local and long distance telephone, Digital Phone, high-speed Internet access and Digital TV. Additional information about Consolidated Communications and its products and services is available at www.consolidated.com.

Media Contacts:
Laura ZuHone: (217) 234-9565
Laura.zuhone@consolidated.com

Anne Chacón: (916) 786-1235
anne.chacon@consolidated.com