PSC Denies Bid To Reconsider Phone Company Sale

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Public Service Commission has rejected a request to reconsider the sale of Verizon's phone lines in the state to Frontier Communications.

The commission issued an order Monday denying the request filed by the agency's consumer advocate division. The PSC says the consumer advocate didn't present any new evidence justifying reconsideration.

Verizon and Frontier had asked the commission to reject the request. The consumer advocate sought an independent audit of the deal and other safeguards.

The West Virginia transaction is part of a broader agreement Verizon has to sell 4.8 million landlines in 14 states to Frontier for $8.6 billion.

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