The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) urged the FCC to impose, as part of any order approving the transfer of 4.8 million Verizon fixed access lines to Frontier Communications, financial conditions that include requiring Verizon to provide $3.1 billion in financing needed by Frontier to complete the transaction. Announced in May, the $8.6 billion stock and debt deal covering Verizon wireline telephony assets in 13 states would make Frontier the nation’s largest provider of voice, broadband and video services to rural areas. Citing Verizon’s earlier transfer of landlines in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire to Fairpoint Communications (which sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after completing the deal with Verizon), NASUCA told the FCC that “numerous parties have raised concerns about the heavy debt burden” to be incurred by Frontier upon FCC approval of the transaction. Calling on the FCC to condition approval upon Verizon’s commitment to provide financial backing to Frontier, NASUCA argued that such a condition “will ensure that Verizon has financial incentives to monitor and work with Frontier to ensure that the transaction is ultimately successful.” NASUCA added that Verizon should provide financing at a rate “not to exceed 6.25% or the lower of any rate offered to any operating unit (including affiliates) by its internal financing group in the past two years based on a maturity date of 2019.” Although officials of Verizon and Frontier offered no comment, one industry source quipped: “Commission precedent is it doesn’t look to restructure deals.”