BLUEFIELD, W.Va., Jan 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE:FTR, news, filings) today announced that employees in West Virginia plan to gather at the West Virginia State Capitol Rotunda at 1900 Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston at 10 a.m. eastern on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 in support of Frontier’s agreement to acquire Verizon telephone lines in West Virginia. The agreement also includes access lines in 13 other states.
“Our employees know and believe in Frontier and its commitment to West Virginia, especially to improving broadband availability and penetration,” said Ken Arndt, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Frontier’s East Region. “They are asked daily by Verizon customers, `When will we get high-speed Internet access?’ The answer is that the process will start as soon as the acquisition is finalized. For that to happen, the West Virginia Public Service Commission must approve the transaction.”
According to Arndt, many employees have expressed frustration with the misstatements and untruths being perpetuated by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) about the transaction. Arndt added, “The CWA reaction is very disappointing. Recently the company and IBEW-represented employees in West Virginia ratified a bargaining agreement that reflected a commitment to address issues that were priorities for both parties: the intense competition in the telecommunications business, the challenging economic times, and the importance of hiring and retaining the best employees with competitive wages and benefits. “
Arndt concluded, “In West Virginia, amid a very tough economic and competitive environment, Frontier is committed to working with all parties to reach a ‘win-win’ outcome. We want the best for West Virginia.”
Ken Arndt may be reached for comment at 570-417-4600. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.
SOURCE: Frontier Communications Corporation
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