Frontier Communications Completes Acquisition of Verizon Wireline Operations in Texas
Published 8:23 am Sunday, April 3, 2016
Special to The Leader
RICHARDSON, Texas – Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) today announced completion of its $10.54 billion acquisition of Verizon Communications, Inc.’s (NYSE: VZ) wireline operations providing services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Texas and Florida. The acquired businesses include approximately 3 million households and 400,000 businesses, as well as the related incumbent local exchange carrier businesses. New customers will begin receiving monthly bills starting in mid-April.
“This is an exciting, transformative time as we welcome our new Texas customers and employees to Frontier,” said Rhonda Lutzke, area president for Frontier’s South Region, which includes Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. “Our goal is to keep the customer experience at the forefront. With this expansion, we are working to make the transition as seamless as possible and are looking forward to providing innovative products and services in the coming year.”
As area president of Frontier’s South Region, Rhonda Lutzke will oversee the addition of close to 2,500 former Verizon employees in Texas.
After the transaction was announced on February 5, 2015, Frontier received regulatory clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and other public authorities. Additionally, Frontier received the full support of the Communications Workers of America (District 9) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 543 and the IBEW, AFL-CIO Local 824.
Frontier Communications Corporation, now a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leader in providing communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice, and Frontier Secure digital protection solutions. Frontier Business Edge offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses. Frontier’s approximately 28,600 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.
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