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Old 10-26-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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FairPoint phone company files for bankruptcy - Bangor Daily News (http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/126810.html - broken link)



Wonder what the future will hold for service in Maine in the next year or so?
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Waldo County
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We're all going to go back to sending smoke signals, and in the towns and cities, we will use tomato cans on long strings.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Crap. I thought I was done splitting firewood.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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We pulled out the landline here just before Fairpoint took over. Glad we made the move. I have friends who have lived through the Fairpoint nightmare and I do not envy them a bit. Maine should go all cellular.
Upgrading the cell sites and adding coverage is the way to go in rural states. Wireless is the way of the future and hard lines should be saved for mimimal use or emergency systems. If everything was wireless the price would go down further and data service would soon follow at a price comparible to cable and dsl. Don't expect the dinosaurs in Augusta to figure any of this out. I'd start saving soup cans and string as Acadianlion suggests.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Virtually every aspect of dealing with Fairpoint has been a problem. I think they should be BEGGING Verizon to take back the New England operations.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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What I want to know is where are all of those who practically stood on the rooftops shouting that Fairpoint was nowhere near ready to take over Verizon?

Personally, I think they've got dibs on saying "I told you so..."
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Belfast, Maine
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I'm happy I don't have any dealings with Fairpoint...I don't deal with land line phones...too many junk phone calls and its just not worth the price for me.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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from the article in the Bangor paper:
"Hauser said the bankruptcy filing will not affect the company's day-to-day operations or its efforts to expand its high-speed Internet network in northern New England."

My condolences to those who have to deal with them... looks like nothing will be getting better.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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I do have to say that I've been fortunate not to have any problems with the transition, but I'm on an old well-established (and one that Verizon upgraded before the sale to Fairpoint) line. My neighbors in newer subdivisions have had issues with connectivity from time to time 'tho.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Union, ME
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Default Fairpoint

dudes - give up the land lines? but I just read in the news that cell phones cause brain tumors.

I am a one year Fairpoint survivor. I commiserate with its employees who have had to try and placate me & others for their down-spiraling Co. Failure is painful for everyone.

I like the idea of soup cans & smoke signals, Acadianlion. And Maineah, I'll split wood for you any day

PS the cable guy just came yesterday to hook up internet service for me. I am not going to have a land line in my house as of the moment. I went with Time Warner for internet & I am a happy cell customer of US Cellular
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