Today, Friday 16-April-2010, the Washington (State) Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved (the Washington state portion) of the sale of most remaining GTE and Contel still retained by VeriZon exchange areas, to Frontier, with numerous conditions applied, see the following from the WUTC website:I have not yet read through all of this, for all of the "numerous conditions applied" details, however.
There are still two more states which have yet to approve of this transaction...
The Illinois Commerce Commission still needs to approve of the sale of the Illinois portion of legacy GTE and Contel (still retained by VZ), to Frontier. About a month ago, an Illinois Administrative Law Judge recommended that the Illinois Commerce Commission deny this request to the ICC by VZ and Frontier. But that is ONLY A RECOMMENDATION from the Admin. Law Judge, and NOT "binding" on the I.C.C.
And the West Virginia Public Service Commission still needs to approve of the sale of VeriZon's legacy (BOC) Bell Atlantic/C&P-of-West Virginia to Frontier. This might be a bit difficult to accomplish now... there is VOCAL and ORGANIZED opposition to this part of the transaction, from local and state political officials (counties, cities, state, etc), the various telecom-related unions (CWA, IBEW, etc). Some of the union... "members" ... have taken to the streets in WV and even in DC, to protest the proposed sale of legacy BOC C&P-WV by VZ to Frontier. These unions have even demanded that the FCC scuttle the entire deal, not only in West Virginia, but for all of the other states where VZ intends to sell remaining legacy GTE and Contel to Frontier.
BTW, the exchange area of Crows-Hematite VA gets it dialtone from VZ/BA/C&P-WV's White Sulphur Springs WV c.o.switch. Assuming that the WV-PSC approves of the sale of VZ' legacy BOC BA/C&P-WV to Frontier, the Crows-Hematite VA ratecenter would be included "as if" it were a part of West Virginia.
The FCC still has to approve of the entire deal before "any" of it can take effect, though. This is expected to happen (for those states which have approved of the deal), after all states have given their own decision for their own states.
Ohio approved of the deal (legacy GTE and Contel), _FOR OHIO_, several months ago, and a few weeks ago RE-AFFIRMED of their approval when some union groups appealed to the PUC-Ohio to reverse their previous approval.
Also, VeriZon and Frontier recently came to an agreement on debt and financing. I myself don't comprehend all of the details, but these can be found from doing google news searches.
Decisions (one way or the other) from Illinois and West Virginia could come during May 2010, which will be a year after the original announcement back in mid-May 2009.
The FCC will give an announcement after that, which is probably going to approve of the deal, which affects those states which approved of it for their own states.
VeriZon and Frontier expect to follow through by the end of June 2010, for those states where the deal is approved. Both telcos are already making advance preparations in operations within their own networks, as well as with connecting carriers (other ILECs, IXCs, CLECs, wireless, and other companies which have to do other business with VZ and Frontier in the affected areas).
More details on the regulatory approval history and the specifics of which states, exchanges, LATAs, ratecenters, c.o.switches, CLLIs, etc. are involved are included in previous postings that I have done on this.
Mark J. Cuccia markjcuccia at yahoo dot com Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA, pre-Katrina