Frontier Communications expanded its broadband base by about 28,000 subscribers in the first quarter after gaining 23,000 in all of 2012, the telecom reported Monday, saying that it reached a total of 1.78 million high-speed Internet customers at the end of March. CEO Maggie Wilderotter told analysts that the telecom would focus on improving service and expanding its broadband base. Frontier also announced that eight West Virginia counties would participate in the federal government's Lifeline program, which offers broadband service discounts to eligible residents.

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