Friday, January 09, 2009

Verizon completed their merger with Alltel today. As part of their agreement with the FCC, FTC, and other regulatory bodies, the new and improved Verizon+Alltel was to divest properties in 105 markets across the US in which they would have had the appearance of monopoly.

Grand Forks, ND is one of those markets.

So, today I did not become a Verizon customer. It turns out I'm still an Alltel customer, but that would be old Alltel, not new Alltel. Old Alltel will continue to operate until all 105 properties are divested.

The only likely players for purchasing the Grand Forks, ND market are Sprint/Nextel and Unicel. I sure hope it ends up being the former.

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