June 24, 2018
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Petition seeks FairPoint service protection

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A petition before Maine utility regulators asks that FairPoint Communications’ vital services be ensured if the company files for bankruptcy protection.

FairPoint, which last year bought Verizon’s landline and Internet operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, says it’s in talks with some of its lenders in hopes of restructuring its debt, but still may be forced to file for bankruptcy protection.

Maine state Rep. Herbert Adams said Tuesday he’s asking the Public Utilities Commission to require FairPoint to prove it can maintain certain services such as LifeLine for Maine’s low-income and elderly, continue expansion of DSL service into rural areas, and continue installation, maintenance and repair of all current business and residential services in case it files.

Adams, a Portland Democrat, is on the Utilities and Energy Committee.

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