Pending Merger between FairPoint Communications and Consolidated Communications

On December 29, 2016, Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications filed a petition with the Public Service Board that requests approval of a merger between the two companies. The Public Service Board has opened a docket (8881) to review the details of the sale. The Department of Public Service is a party to the proceeding. We will be looking at many considerations during the course of the docket process including service quality performance and financial strength for both companies.

While the docket is in progress, FairPoint will remain bound by its regulatory responsibilities in Vermont. The company will continue to submit required reports and work with the Department to resolve consumer complaints.

We welcome your feedback and input throughout this proceeding. We will review any comments you provide as we make our recommendations to the Board.

Please submit your comments by calling our Consumer Affairs and Public Information hotline at 1-800-622-4496, via TTY at 1-800-734-8390, or by sendng an email to the Consumer Affairs and Public Information e-mailbox . We have developed a brief survey for this docket. Please see the section below for instructions on how to participate in the survey

You can also submit comments to the Public Service Board by sending an email to the Public Service Board clerk. Please be sure to refer to Docket 8881 in your correspondence so the Board knows which case you are commenting on. For more information about how to partipate in a docket please see the Board's Public Participation webpage.

Survey about the Pending Merger between FairPoint Communications and Consolidated Communications

Thank you for your interest in the FairPoint/Consolidated merger docket. Public participation is very important to the Department in its work representing consumers in utility matters. Survey responses are anonymous and will only be used for the purpose of evaluating the impact of this merger on Vermont consumers. You can provide input at this link to the survey regarding the proposed FairPoint and Consolidated merger.