PSC Hears From Foes Of Verizon-Frontier Deal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Public Service Commission says it will consider a petition from opponents before ruling on the proposed sale of Verizon's land lines to Frontier Communications.

Frontier is trying to buy Verizon's lines in West Virginia and 13 other states.

Petitions signed by more than 5,000 West Virginians who oppose the deal, including members of the Communications Workers of America, were delivered Tuesday to the PSC.

That three-member body is expected to vote on whether to approve the deal by May, and spokeswoman Sarah Robertson says the petitions will be considered.

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  • by Bob Location: Belmont on Mar 22, 2010 at 03:56 PM
    Actually, Verizon has dumped little resources into their copper based lines, instead focusing on FIOS and wireless. If Frontier does half of what they promise there could be a substantial increase in reliability, pricing, and data expansion into more rural areas. Part of the problem is HOW Verizon does these sales, unloading massive debt and utilizing loopholes that oftentimes screw whomever purchases their systems. Do some research before you vilify Frontier, Verizon aint no spring daisy.
  • by Amanda on Mar 22, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    The reason they are sellig these lines is because Suddenlink is tearing up the marketplace and yes the lines are in need of huge upgrades. Just another reason Im glad I jumped on the Suddenlink bandwagon.
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    The sale of Verizon's landlines to Frontier will not bring any benefits to the landline phone subscriber; indeed, the only sure thing the subscriber will see is an increase in the phone bill. This deal needs to be shot down - and fast.
  • by Techie Location: p-burg on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    If this deal goes through it will set us back YEARS as far as communications. Why do you think verizon is selling them in the first place? consumers will buy these lines off of frontier and the expantion / upgrades will come to a halt.
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