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    Posted December 24, 2013 by
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    Salute to troops

    Cincinnati Bell Flies Marine Home for Christmas

    For Immediate Release
    December 23, 2013
    Cincinnati Bell Brings Covington Marine
    Home for the Holidays
    CINCINNATI — A U.S. Marine is spending Christmas with his family thanks to Cincinnati Bell, who sponsored his trip home.
    Cpl. Tim Harpe was reunited with his wife, Kaelynn, and family in a surprise reunion in Covington, Ky., this past weekend. Cpl. Harpe was deployed to Afghanistan and wasn’t expected to return until later next year. He returned to his home base in Orange County California at the same time his wife traveled to the Tri-State to be with her family for the holidays. Cpl. Harpe and his wife are expecting their first child early next year.

    “I’m so grateful to Cincinnati Bell for making my trip home possible,” said Harpe. “To be reunited with my wife and family just in time for Christmas is the greatest gift imaginable.”
    In addition to paying for Harpe’s flight home, Cincinnati Bell also provided the family with two iPhone 5c smartphones (with a year of free service) and a Sony XPeria™ tablet. The company will also provide free Fioptics installation and service to Cpl. Harp and Kaelynn when they move back to the Tri-State.

    “Cincinnati Bell has a long tradition of being active in our community,” said Christi Cornette, senior vice president of Marketing for Cincinnati Bell. “We’re proud that we were able to arrange for Cpl. Harpe and his wife to be together for the holidays.” Cornette added that Cincinnati Bell plans to offer a similar holiday visit for another local military family next year.

    Cincinnati Bell is a strong supporter of U.S. veterans and active military. In addition to contributing to the USO and Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation, the company sponsors a salute to a local military hero at every Cincinnati Reds home game, hosts a VIP Fireworks Party for local families who have lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan, and even dedicates the annual Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks show to those serving in the Armed Forces.

    About Cincinnati Bell Inc.
    With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) provides integrated communications solutions - including local and long distance voice, data, high-speed internet, entertainment and wireless services - that keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected with each other and with the world. In addition, enterprise customers across the United States rely on CBTS, a wholly-owned subsidiary, for efficient, scalable office communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions. Cincinnati Bell also is the majority owner of CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), which provides best-in-class data center colocation services to enterprise customers through its facilities with fully redundant power and cooling solutions that are currently located in the Midwest, Texas, Arizona, London and Singapore. For more information, please visit

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