FairPoint-Verizon network cutover proceeds

FairPoint Communications is finally ready to complete its long-awaited, previously-delayed network cutover following its acquisition last year of Verizon Communications's wireline properties in New England. It is likely that the cutover will cause FairPoint to put requests for new phone service or other phone service change orders on hold for a number of days while it finishes the project, at least according to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.

FairPoint CEO Gene Johnson said the cutover should be done by Jan. 31. Johnson said the company then plans to introduce new marketing, services and pricing in many markets, no doubt to attempt to win back customers who were lost in the 10 months since the deal was fully approved. FairPoint already has announced a broadband upgrade and expansion for the region, including the deployment of WiMAX in some areas.

For more:
- Forbes has this Associated Press story
- Vermont Public Radio has another AP report

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