The Telecom Digest for May 23, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 140 : "text" Format
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Re: FCC Has Now Approved VeriZon Sale of Most GTE/Contel to Frontier (markjcuccia)
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Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 19:52:14 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: FCC Has Now Approved VeriZon Sale of Most GTE/Contel to Frontier
In my original posting, I had some typos... others emailed me about
such typos (or potential typos) in that paragraph regarding the WV/MD
border situation. The typo was not one that would be picked up by any
spell-check, and it was more of a factual error. I mis-typed VA where
it should have been WV. And in one case, I meant to type 'VZ' (for
VeriZon) but mis-typed it as VA.
Here is how that particular paragraph really SHOULD read:
There are a handful of central offices/ratecenters in the Hagerstown
MD LATA #240, along the West Virginia/Maryland state-line, where WV
customers/ratecenters get dialtone from MD-side c.o.switches, and
vice-versa where MD customers/ratecenters get dialtone from WV-side
c.o.switches. VeriZon does have plans to re-wire these customers so
that they will get dialtone from their own states' side c.o.switches,
so that there can be a "clean break" of the presently VZ/BA/C&P-WV
side ratecenters (soon to be Frontier), from the presently-and-still-
retained VZ/BA/C&P-MD side ratecenters. Local/EAS will be retained
where it already exists, only that it will become inter-LEC (between
VeriZon and Frontier) inter-state (between MD and WV), instead of
The Hagerstown (one 'G') MD LATA #240 spills over into West Virginia
in two distinct areas --
one in extreme eastern WV in the eastern panhandle, where there is
both legacy GTE and/or Contel which was sold to Citizens (now
Frontier) by GTE in the early 1990s shortly after having taken over
Contel alongside legacy BOC VZ/BA/C&P-WV which is now being sold to
Frontier. These WV-side customers do get dial-tone from c.o.switches
in West Virginia.
and also in the western part of the WV eastern panhandle / western
part of MD's western panhandle, and it is THIS region where some MD
and WV central offices provide dial-tone to customers in their own
states as well as in each others' states, and this is where VeriZon is
planning to re-wire customers so that they will be provided dial-tone
from central offices in their own states due to the VeriZon sale of
legacy BOC BA/C&P-WV to Frontier.
I also forgot to add the following in my earlier posting:
Also, VeriZon is retaining all other RBOC Bell Atlantic: NJ, PA, DE,
MD, DC, VA; and old NYNEX: MA, RI, NY, CT (Byram and Greenwich only,
since the rest of the state is at&t/SBC/SNET-including-Woodbury) ...
although legacy Bell Atlantic in C&P West Virginia (and Crows-Hematite
VA) are being sold to Frontier; and old NYNEX (NET&T) in ME, NH, VT
was sold to FairPoint in 2007/08.
As for legacy NYNEX/New York Telephone...
back in early 2004, when VeriZon announced that it was going to shop
for a buyer for legacy GTE-Hawaiian Telephone Company (which did get
sold to the Carlyle Group and was renamed Hawaiian Telcom), VeriZon
also announced that they were shopping for a buyer to takeover all of
legacy BA/NYNEX/NY-Tel ...
with the exception of the New York City Metro LATA #132, which
includes 212/646/718/347/917/soon-also-929 NY City, Long Island's 516
(Nassau County) and 631 (Suffolk County except for Fishers Island NY
Tel. Co. 631-788 which is its own LATA #921), 914 (Westchester
County) and most of 845 (Putnam County, Rockland County, and a small
part of Orange County; but the rest of 845 is in the Poughkeepsie LATA
#133), as well as extreme southwest CT (Byram CT and Greenwich CT
ratecenters, part of 203/475), the NY City Metro LATA #132 would still
be retained by VeriZon/BA/NYNEX/NY-Tel.
So far, nothing has ever come from this early-2004 VeriZon
announcement of a proposed sale of most of legacy New York Telephone,
but you never know if this could still be in the works. The most
obvious "buyer" would be Frontier, since they have Rochester NY which
is one of the predecessors to Frontier, and Frontier's legacy
Rochester-Tel is an entire (non-BOC) LATA in New York State.
I doubt that FairPoint, which is more-or-less next door in upper New
England, as well as in a few small parts of New York State as well, is
in any financial position to buy out (virtually all of) New York Tel!
Windstream (old Alltel, old Mid-Continent Tel) also has had a
footprint in New York State for decades...
It doesn't appear that CenturyLink has any "footprint" in New York
State neither from old CenturyTel, nor from (Sprint/Embarq) legacy
United and Centel. Also, CenturyLink is going to have its hands full
for the time being with taking over Qwest/US-West (legacy Mountain
Bell, Northwestern Bell, Pacific Northwest Bell) ....
Finally, since my original posting, I wrote:
> At the moment as I type this, in the 5-pm hour Eastern, Friday
> 21-May-2010, there isn't anything yet at the Federal Communications
> Commission's (FCC) website, but a Google News search on "VeriZon
> Frontier Sale" will result in well over a hundred results of
> radio/TV/newspaper/etc. websites which now put up news items
> regarding the FCC's approval of this VeriZon/Frontier transfer.
And at the present time, there still isn't yet anything in the way of
links/documents at the FCC webpage dedicated to the VeriZon/Frontier
HOWEVER, at the FCC's MAIN webpage http://www.fcc.gov there are
links to several documents re VeriZon/Frontier, all available in
Adobe-Acrobat .pdf and most also available in MS-Word .doc:
FCC Approves Frontier-Verizon Transaction to Significantly Expand
Broadband in Rural America.
Copps & Clyburn Joint Statement:
Mark J. Cuccia
markjcuccia at yahoo dot com
Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA pre-Katrina
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