(07/30/2009)
The Public Service Commission will decide next year to hold hearings on one of the biggest telecommunications deals in West Virginia history.

It's the proposed acquisition of Verizon's wire line business by Frontier Communications.

It would give Frontier roughly 761,000 access lines, making West Virginia the largest of the 27 states in which Frontier will operate.

That is, if the deal goes through.

The Communications Workers of America, which represents about 1,750 Verizon workers in the state, is objecting to October hearings, along with 31 state lawmakers and the PSC's own Consumer Advocate Division.

Verizon is focusing on the cell phone business.


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