Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Public Service Commission will wait until early next year to hold hearings on one of the most significant telecommunications deals in West Virginia history.
The proposed acquisition of Verizon's wire line business by Frontier Communications would give the latter roughly 761,000 access lines, making West Virginia the largest of the 27 states in which frontier will operate if the deal goes through.
The companies wanted hearings in October, but the PSC decided to hold them during the second week of January.
The Communications Workers of America, which represents about 1,750 Verizon workers in the state, had objected to October hearings, along with 31 state lawmakers and the PSC's own consumer advocate division.
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