updated 07:00 pm EDT, Fri May 9, 2008
Verizon buys SureWest
on Friday announced the purchase of SureWest Communications, which includes the latter's wireless spectrum licenses, network, and operational assets in the greater Sacramento area. The licenses cover a population of 3.8 million people, and currently overlap Verizon's existing network coverage. Verizon will transfer approximately 50,000 SureWest Wireless customers, after the former finishes converting the latter's accounting system into its own.
In the coming months, Verizon said it would notify customers about new services and options that will be available when the transition is finished, but will continue to service those customers with SureWest Wireless plans.