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Jan 28, 2015 10:56 AM

NH Executive Council to consider $13M FairPoint contract

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire's Executive Council will consider a $13 million state contract with FairPoint Communications that it postponed last month amid a strike by the company's 1,700 workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

The council will consider the contract during Wednesday's meeting. The contract would allow FairPoint to provide all Internet and telecommunications services for the state through 2020. FairPoint already provides a majority of these services for the state.

FairPoint workers began striking in October over stalled contract negotiations and the strike recently passed its 100th day. The North Carolina-based company and workers returned to the bargaining table in early January and negotiations are ongoing.

Councilors last month were concerned about the company's ability to provide adequate service. During the strike, the state has received increased service-related complaints.


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