A long-simmering deal between AT&T and Frontier Communications, in which Frontier would acquire AT&T's residential landline and broadband customers in Connecticut, has received final approval from the state's Public Utilties Regulatory Authority.

The deal, which is expected to close as early as today, was contingent on a settlement agreement between Frontier and state officials signed in August. A key provision of the agreement was Frontier's acceptance of several programs intended to help veterans in the state.

Foremost among those programs is a Connecticut-based pilot program, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to improve the adoption and utilization of the VA's My HealtheVet and Home Telehealth programs.Frontier will support the pilot program with a combination of subsidized broadband service and a $50,000 donation per year to be used for VA-selected computer tablets and other telehealth-capable devices. The program will launch in 2015 and Frontier will participate for at least three years.

Once the transaction is closed, Frontier will own AT&T's local exchange carrier business in Connecticut, including retail broadband and video, which represents approximately 900,000 access lines, approximately 415,000 broadband customers, and approximately 180,000 video customers.

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