Mike Gatto

Frontier: Telecom takeover led to outages in 3 states

Frontier Communications blamed its takeover of another company for widespread phone, internet and television service outages in California, Texas and Florida at a legislative hearing Wednesday, saying Frontier inherited corrupt data in its $10.5 billion acquisition of certain Verizon businesses last month.

Frontier West Region President Melinda White told California lawmakers that the data issue caused outages during the transition and an outpouring of complaints that its technicians weren't yet trained to handle.

Verizon spokesman Ray McConville and several other representatives did not immediately return calls or emails seeking comment Wednesday.