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

Intervenors Await Information on FairPoint/Consolidated Merger

For David Tawil, president of New York hedge fund Maglan Capital, the announcement earlier this month that Consolidated Communications was acquiringfeatured

Westar/Great Plains Merger Encounters Kansas Headwinds

The staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission has mounted a blistering critique of the proposed $12.2 billion merger of Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy and urged the commissioners to reject the transaction. “Staff’s overall conclusion is that the proposed transaction fails most of the merger standards and is, therefore, not in the publicfeatured

Time Warner and AT&T Executives Face Antitrust Subcommittee

As AT&T and Time Warner executives prepare for Wednesday’s legislative grilling over their merger plans at the hands of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, telecom industry observers are looking for clues to the deal’sfeatured

Kansas Improves Intervenors’ Access to Westar/Great Plains Documents

A Kansas Corporation Commission prehearing officer on Wednesday ordered Great Plains Energy to immediately allow the Kansas Board of Public Utilities to make photocopies of Great Plains board documents. The order came after the staff of thefeatured

FCC Direction in Question with Trump Transition

The future composition of the five-member Federal Communications Commission in the Trump Era provides a tantalizing parlor game for Washington insiders these days. What happens if FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler declines to step down after Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office in January, orfeatured

Year-End Decision Expected for Manitoba Tel/BCE

The Canadian Competition Bureau is expected to render its much-anticipated decision in BCE Inc.’s merger with Manitoba Telecom Services by year’s end, the head of a public advocacy group opposed to the transaction told CTFN. “I think they have stopped asking questions now,” said John Lawford, executive director and general counsel of the Publicfeatured

Coal Plants Prompt Sierra Club Interest in Great Plains Merger

Is a recent request by the Sierra Club for permission to participate in Kansas’ regulatory review of Great Plains Energy’s bid to acquire Westar Energy a sign that the $12.2 billion transaction could see additional proceedings or delay in the Sunflower State? The nationwide environmental advocacy group played a leading role earlier this year in … Read Morefeatured

Enbridge Deal for Spectra Energy Likely to Gain Canadian Regulatory Approval

Canadian competition enforcers will likely approve the $28 billion merger of Calgary-based Enbridge, Inc. and Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. with few if any divestiture of assets, an oil and gas industry expert who closely monitors energy mergers in Canada told CTFN. “I would be surprised if, on the Canadian side, this is not approved,” said … Read Morefeatured

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