Frontier Telephone of Rochester

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Frontier Telephone of Rochester, Inc.
Rochester Telephone Corporation
Private (Subsidiary of Frontier)
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1994
Headquarters Rochester, NY, United States
Products Local Telephone Service
Parent Frontier (1994-1999)
Global Crossing (1999-2001)
Citizens/Frontier (2001-present)

Frontier Telephone of Rochester, Inc., formerly Rochester Telephone Corporation, is a local telephone operating company of Frontier Communications providing telephone service to Rochester, NY. The company was founded in 1994.


Frontier Telephone headquarters in Rochester, New York

In 1995, the original Rochester Telephone Corporation renamed itself Frontier Corporation[1] in order to sound less "local" in the newly competitive landscape. Frontier transferred its Rochester local telephone lines to the "new" Rochester Telephone Corporation. Frontier's investment in fiber long lines proved attractive in the exploding global communications market in the late 1990s when RTC was acquired in 1999 by Global Crossing,[2][3] a Bermuda-based communications network enterprise.

Citizens Communications acquired Global's local exchange properties, including the Frontier brand, in 2000.[4] Global Crossing filed for Chapter 11 protection at the beginning of 2002, with its remaining assets being sold to China Netcom's subsidiary Asia Netcom.

Under the Frontier brand, Citizens Communications provides telephone, television and Internet services in 24 states. The company changed its name on July 31, 2008, to Frontier Communications Corporation.[5]