On Tuesday (Dec. 8), Verizon Communications, Frontier Communications Corporation, the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, along with Cincinnati Bell Extended Territories, LLC, reached agreement on a number of issues related to the transfer of Verizon's landline operations in the state to Frontier. A separate agreement was reached with Comcast Phone Ohio, LLC. The agreements, which have been filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, include a number of terms agreed to by the parties. The PUCO staff and OCC recommend that the commission adopt the agreements. The following statement should be attributed to Todd Colquitt, Verizon state president-Ohio public affairs, policy and communications:
"As discussed in our application filed with the commission, the transaction with Frontier Communications is in the public interest and will benefit Ohio residents. This settlement enhances those benefits. We look forward to a timely order from the commission adopting this settlement and its benefits."