By opening a new office in Washington, D.C., it's clear that Frontier Communications--which will become one of the largest independent ILECs when it eventually completes its acquisition of Verizon's rural lines--wants to be close to the FCC and other federal regulatory and congressional powers.
Not surprisingly, Kathleen Abernathy, Frontier's newly appointed Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, will oversee the office. Early last month, the former Frontier board member and FCC commissioner, left her post at Washington, D.C. communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. She began serving in her new role at Frontier this week.
"Opening this office is a natural step for Frontier, since we already spend significant time in D.C.," said Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO of Frontier in a release. "We believe a local presence will allow us to enhance our relationships with the FCC, members of Congress and their staffs and the many agencies and partnerships in the area that play an important role in developing and implementing communications policy."
- see the release here
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