FairPoint takeover status meetings planned

The Associated Press reports that FairPoint Communications will meet with regulatory agencies the next two weeks in New England to update them on the status of FairPoint's takeover of Verizon Communications properties in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The status of the cutover from Verizon's network, which originally was supposed to occur earlier this year and has been delayed until January, will be especially important.

The company will meet with the Vermont Public Service Board Friday, and will meet with Maine and New Hampshire regulators next Monday in Kittery, Maine. FairPoint's plans to file a formal 60-day notice will be submitted afterward, which suggests a late January cutover.

Approving these deals was by no means a slam dunk for any of the regulators involved, so it will be interesting to see if they have a short fuse with FairPoint on the cutover timing.

For more:
- Forbes has this Associated Press story

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