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PSC gives Frontier more time to file audit response

CHARLESTON, W.Va.¬†—¬†Bankrupted-Frontier Communications has been given an additional two weeks to file a response to an audit of its service in West Virginia.

The state Public Service Commission has ordered the response due April 30. The original date was April 18.

Frontier filed a motion last Thursday seeking the two-week extension. It said it needed more time because of the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic and its filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. The PSC granted the motion.

Meanwhile, the PSC has yet to rule on a request by Frontier to keep much of the Focused Service Quality Management Audit Report sealed. A number of parties are filing motions in response to that request. The PSC has ordered all motions and responses to be filed by the end of May.

Frontier serves approximately 300,000 West Virginia landline customers. West Virginia Public Service Commission Chairman Charlotte Lane told MetroNews she’s hopeful West Virginia customers will ultimately benefit from the bankruptcy fling and Frontier’s plans to reorganize.

“This is a proceeding that will allow Frontier to get rid a lot of its debt, restructure and hopefully come out with some cash so that can start putting some more money into the infrastructure in West Virginia,” Lane said.

The PSC chose Schumaker and Company last summer to perform the audit Frontier’s operations.

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