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North Carolina-based FairPoint Communications reluctantly agreed to a two-month delay in completing its takeover of Verizon's northern New England landlines after a consultant funded by regulators expressed concern about FairPoint's readiness to assume full control, the Maine Sunday Telegram has reported.

North Carolina-based FairPoint Communications reluctantly agreed to a two-month delay in completing its takeover of Verizon's northern New England landlines after a consultant funded by regulators expressed concern about FairPoint's readiness to assume full control, the Maine Sunday Telegram has reported. FairPoint officials had hoped for a network cutover in September, but The Liberty Consulting Group reported in June that the target date was unrealistic. FairPoint said it would abide by the assessment of the Pennsylvania-based telecom consultant that utility regulators in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont hired at a cost of $600,000 to monitor FairPoint's progress toward a smooth cutover.
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Title Annotation:Portland, Maine
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jul 4, 2008
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