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State regulcators schedule public meeting for proposed Frontier Communications sale

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has scheduled a meeting for Frontier Communications customers to provide feedback about the company’s proposed sale to Wave Division Capital and Northwest Fiber LLC.

The UTC is holding a meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at 621 Woodland Square Loop S.E. in Lacey, Washington, for customers to share comments about the proposed sale.

The companies filed a $1.35 billion sale proposal in June with the UTC that would allow Wave to purchase and operate Frontier’s services in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. UTC staff reached a settlement in the proposed sale of Frontier Communications to the two parties in December.

The three-member UTC will make a final decision by March to approve, reject or modify the merger agreement.

The proposed settlement includes nine provisions intended to protect customers, some of which include: spending at least $50 million in Washington to increase broadband coverage, supporting the statewide transition to Next Generation 911, and reporting on financial and service quality measures.

The merger agreement is also under review by regulatory agencies in Oregon and Idaho. Montana approved the sale Jan. 7.

Kirkland-based Northwest Fiber LLC previously operated Wave Broadband, providing internet, video, phone services to customers in more than 70 communities in the state of Washington.

Frontier Communications serves more than 150,000 residential and business customers in the state.

Customers can also submit comments about the proposed sale by sending an email to comments@utc.wa.gov or calling 1-888-333-9882.

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