Union says FairPoint deal still bad

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The union representing Verizon employees says the revised plan to sell Verizon landline and internet service in New Hampshire to FairPoint Communications still is a bad deal.

Lary Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, said even with concessions, the sale is not good public policy and would leave New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont residents in the dust as other countries move to faster Internet connections. He called it a tragedy, and said he’s also still concerned FairPoint is not large enough to assume Verizon’s business and that the move would jeopardize employees and retirees.

State Consumer Advocate Meredith Hatfield did not sign off on the proposal, but said that does not necessarily mean she will oppose it. She said she from her first review of the settlement agreement, it appeared the companies considered a long list of concerns she raised about the initial proposal.

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