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Jul. 17, 2013 @ 12:02 AM

Frontier: W.Va. local service goals reached

CHARLESTON -- Frontier Communications Corp. officials say the company has met West Virginia regulators' mandated goals to improve local service.

The Public Service Commission required the improvements when it approved Frontier's takeover of Verizon's landline operations in the state in 2010.

The requirements include investing nearly $280 million to improve service quality and increase broadband deployment by the end of 2013. The PSC also required Frontier to ensure that at least 85 percent of households in Verizon's former network have broadband access by the end of 2014.

"We have met all of those (conditions)," Dana Waldo, Frontier's senior vice president and general manager in West Virginia, told the Charleston Daily Mail.

Frontier invested more than $300 million in improvements between July 2010 and April 2013, which included improving the system's quality and increasing access.

W.Va. coal miner to be honored at gala

HUNTINGTON -- A West Virginia coal miner will be honored with a new award at an annual gala celebrating the occupation.

"Rocket Boys" author Homer Hickam will present the "Homer Hickam Collier Award" to a working coal miner who epitomizes the spirit, dedication and skills of the mining profession.

The new award is one of several to be given out at the 2013 Miner's Celebration. The gala reception and dinner will recognize those who play a role in the success of the state's mining enterprise.

The Oct. 3 gala is a project of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences at Marshall University and other government agencies and occupational groups.

The free reception at the Tamarack atrium is free. Tickets for the dinner and the awards ceremony cost $5 per person.

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