Maine wants FairPoint's fine points

FairPoint Communications is trying to acquire operations from Verizon Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and previously pledged to invest $43 million to upgrade networks in these states. However, it's been noted that some consumer advocates are concerned about the deal and FairPoint's ability to deliver on broadband upgrades.

Those advocates want the Maine Public Utility Commission to get greater detail from FairPoint about how and when it plans to implement those upgrades. Meanwhile, consumers concerned about the deal will get their chance to talk to the PUC about it starting next week. All three state regulatory commissions must approve the deal.

For more on the deal:
- the Bangor Daily News has more about the consumer concern,
- and here's Telephony's take on the controversy

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