With respect to the proposed merger between Verizon and FairPoint Communications, I believe there are some serious questions that have been raised, most importantly about FairPoint’s ability to operate a telecommunications infrastructure of this magnitude without a degradation in service.

This is particularly important in light of FairPoint’s experience, or rather, lack of, in operating an Emergency 911 system. The burden of proof, I believe, is on FairPoint executives to demonstrate, convincingly, that their company can reliably operate a statewide emergency system, given that they have no experience in this area.

Passing LD 1866, now before the Legislature in Augusta, would be a big help. FairPoint and Verizon should be embracing this legislation, not opposing it, if their intentions to improve our telecommunications infrastructure are to be believed.

Becki Hayes, Auburn

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