The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union is none too happy about the pending Frontier Communications takeover of Verizon Communications Inc. landlines and it’s launched a campaign to block the deal.
CWA says its members could face layoffs and other cutbacks if the acquisition – which would make Frontier the largest rural service provider in the country – goes through. They cite major troubles at FairPoint Communications and Hawaiian Telcom, both of whom bought Verizon wireline assets and then plunged into a deep financial and operational abyss.
Frontier protests those claims and says its challenge is to get people to understand the company.
Meanwhile, several high-ranking public officials in the Midwest say they’re unsure about the impact of a Frontier-Verizon transaction on consumers and service provider rivals. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and other leaders from that state said Thursday the $8.5 billion deal stands to hurt nearly 600,000 customers.
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