SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Mar 09, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The formal record that was developed over recent months by Frontier, Verizon and others regarding the transaction between Frontier Communications and Verizon directly contradicts an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) recommendations. The following statement from Frontier Communications should be attributed to Dan McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer of Frontier Communications (NYSE:FTR, news, filings).
Today’s proposed order by an ALJ in Illinois ignores the numerous public interest benefits outlined in the complete record developed in the Frontier/Verizon transaction. This record fully addresses the issues raised by the ALJ. We are confident that once the full Illinois Commerce Commission reviews the record, they will vote to support the transaction.
Frontier and Verizon have addressed all major issues in several settlements reached with parties in this transaction. The companies have agreed to multiple conditions proposed by the Staff of the Commission and have also entered into settlement agreements to resolve the issues raised by wholesale customers that intervened in this proceeding. Additional parties to settlements include: Comcast Phone of Illinois, Level 3 Communications, Inc., the Illinois Public Telecommunications Association, the Department of Defense and All Other Federal Executive Agencies, the Attorney General and the Citizens Utility Board.
Finally, as part of those settlements, Frontier has formally committed to expand broadband to 85 percent of the households in the Verizon Illinois service areas covered by the transaction and spend in excess of $40 million to accomplish this effort.
In the next two weeks, Frontier will respond to the ALJ recommendation and will restate its qualifications as a premier provider of telecommunications services to the citizens of Illinois.
Frontier has been a leading provider of telecommunications services to Illinois customers for a decade, and during this time we have demonstrated our ability to meet our commitment to providing quality service. Without any regulatory mandates we have deployed broadband availability to more than 90 percent of our footprint in Illinois.
“We hope to deliver these same broadband benefits to even more consumers in Illinois as soon as possible.”
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) is a full-service communications provider and one of the largest local exchange telephone companies in the country serving rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities. Frontier is included in the S&P 500 Index. Frontier Communications offers telephone, television and Internet services, including wireless Internet data access, as well as bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses and home offices, and data security solutions. Additional information about Frontier products and services is available at http://www.frontier.com. More information about the company may be found at http://www.frontier.com/ir.
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