Maine Regulators to Start Proceedings for FairPoint/Consolidated Merger

It’s still early in the process, but Maine’s chief consumer agency for utility customers still wants to know how Illinois-based Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. plans to operate rural telephone services in Maine should it win regulatory approval for its merger with FairPoint Communications.featured

Maine to Kickoff FairPoint/Consolidated Reviews

The state of Maine should provide the first inkling of how intense the concerns of intervenors will be in Illinois-based Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc.’s $1.5 billionfeatured

Interview with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

She fiercely defends the Federal Communications Commission’s hotly debated decision on net neutrality, approved under the leadership of previous Democratic Chair Tom Wheeler. She vows to continue to focus her attention on publicfeatured

Kansas Regulator Begins Hearing on Westar-Great Plains Energy Merger

It was a question that danced all day around the Kansas Corporation Commission’s evidentiary hearing into the proposed $12.2 billion merger of Great Plains Energy and Westarfeatured

Will FCC’s Pai Ease Path for Level 3/CenturyLink Merger Review?

With President Trump’s appointment of Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai to the chair of the Federal Communications Commission, telecom industry observers are split overfeatured

NextEra Scuffles with Intervenors Over Oncor Board Composition

NextEra Energy’s proposal to revamp Oncor Electric Delivery’s board of directors as part of NextEra’s proposed $18.7 billion merger is in the cross-hairs of industry competitors as well asfeatured

Consultants Dominate Westar/Great Plains Kansas Proceedings

Call it the case of the dueling consultants. On one side is Maryland attorney Scott Hempling, who often opposes big utility mergers in testimony before regulatory agencies. On the other side is Washington, D.C., economist John J. Reed, who often supports the industry in big utility mergers infeatured

Westar/Great Plains Offer “Common Sense” View of Merger

In a sign that relations between the two sides are prickly, the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and several other intervenors are calling on commissioners to impose sanctionsfeatured

Consolidated Asks Vermont for Expedited Approval of FairPoint Acquisition

Illinois-based Consolidated Communications has asked Vermont utility regulators for an expedited approval of its proposed $1.5 billion merger with FairPoint Communications, CTFN has learned. Consolidated, which envisions a planned June 30 closingfeatured

Time Warner/AT&T: Interview with Deal Critic

The top executive of a woman-owned television network whose testimony before a Senate subcommittee was highly critical of the proposed $85.4 billion Time Warner/AT&T merger, told CTFN that some lawmakers are now discussing whether expandedfeatured

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