Consultant sought delay in FairPoint takeover

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FairPoint Communications reluctantly agreed to a two-month delay in completing its takeover of Verizon’s northern New England landlines after a consultant funded by regulators expressed concern about FairPoint’s readiness to assume full control.

The Maine Sunday Telegram says FairPoint officials had hoped for a network cutover in September, but The Liberty Consulting Group reported this month that the target date was unrealistic.

FairPoint said Tuesday it would abide by the assessment of the Pennsylvania-based consultant that was hired by regulators in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to monitor FairPoint’s progress toward a smooth cutover.

FairPoint completed the $2.3 billion purchase of Verizon’s wired telephone and Internet business in northern New England in March.

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