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West Virginia PSC And Oregon PUC Release $22.8 Million In Escrowed Funds To Frontier Communications

Stocks in this article: FTR

Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions.

The corrected release reads:

WEST VIRGINIA PSC AND OREGON PUC RELEASE $21.8 MILLION IN ESCROWED FUNDS TO FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS

Commissions Approve Full Amounts Requested

The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) released $21.8 million in escrowed funds to Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR). The funds were escrowed in connection with Frontier’s acquisition of wireline properties from Verizon Communications in July 2010. Two West Virginia escrows totaled $21.4 million; $400,000 was the remaining amount in the Oregon escrow. The funds reimburse Frontier for prior investments that improved service quality and expanded broadband networks.

Frontier asked the West Virginia PSC to release $14.7 million from a service quality escrow account and $6.7 million from a broadband escrow account, said Dana Waldo, Senior Vice President and General Manager for West Virginia. Verizon funded a service quality account at $72.4 million; in a separate account, Frontier funded $48 million toward broadband deployment. The PSC granted Frontier’s request in full.

In Oregon, the PUC’s release of $400,000 in escrow funds was the last of more than $15 million in funds put into escrow by Frontier as a condition of approval of the acquisition.

According to Kathleen Abernathy, Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Frontier, “In both states, the commissions have closely followed our investments in rural America. The release of the funds is confirmation of Frontier’s tireless commitment to deploying broadband to unserved and underserved areas and to relieving Internet congestion.”

Ms. Abernathy added, “Just three years ago, Frontier took ownership of wireline assets that no longer met the needs of consumers in 14 states. We have invested heavily since then to transform the broadband, voice and video experience of our customers. The latest escrow releases, all of which required commission approval, confirm that we did what we said we’d do to meet the expanding technology needs of our customers.”

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