FairPoint disputes overbilling complaint in Maine

Posted Jan. 15, 2010, at 1:52 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — FairPoint Communications is disputing a local Maine phone and Internet company’s claims that FairPoint is overbilling the company for use of its lines.

Great Works Internet of Biddeford filed a petition with Maine’s Public Utilities Commission asking the commission to investigate FairPoint’s business practices.

In response, FairPoint says Great Works owes it about $2 million in a dispute over how much GWI should pay to lease FairPoint lines that connect to businesses, hospitals and other institutional customers. FairPoint also says the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, not the commission, has jurisdiction over the claims.

North Carolina-based FairPoint, the dominant telecommunications company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October.