Verizon & FairPoint Agree to Merge Verizon's Wireline Businesses in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont

Saw this coming months ago when Verizon didn't want to commit to putting FIOS everywhere.  There were also many articles on speculation that VZ would not be interested in the legacy wireline businesses.

This is interesting.  On the one hand, perhaps this is good from a media
de-concentration perspective, though it probably doesn't affect industry
HHI very much.

On the other hand, this is really unfortunate for people who thought that VZ
scale and scope would give them access to FIOS at some point.  I think
the headline should more accurately read "Verizon  Chickens Out- Admits
Bloated Operations Stand in the Way of Serving Customers."

Three cheers for VermonTel?