Verizon in Vermont

The Justice Department said Verizon Wireless must divest cell phone assets in Vermont, New York and Washington before it may complete its acquisition of Rural Cellular Corp. Separately, the Federal Communications Commission continues its own review of the pending deal. The FCC is weighing concerns raised by Senator Bernie Sanders and consumer groups. The senator's main concern is making good cell phone service available throughout Vermont. "It is wrong," he said, "that many Vermonters and many V

The Justice Department said Verizon Wireless must divest cell phone assets in Vermont, New York and Washington before it may complete its acquisition of Rural Cellular Corp. Separately, the Federal Communications Commission continues its own review of the pending deal. The FCC is weighing concerns raised by Senator Bernie Sanders and consumer groups. The senator's main concern is making good cell phone service available throughout Vermont. "It is wrong," he said, "that many Vermonters and many Vermont businesses, particularly those in rural parts of our state, do not have the state-of-the-art service that so many other Americans take for granted."

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell played an important role in the anti-trust review of the pending deal. "Mobile phones are a rapidly growing part of our economy, and maintaining competition in this market is vitally important to the overall economic health of our state," he said.

To read an Associated Press report on cell phone service in Vermont, click here.