Cincinnati Bell/Hawaiian Telcom Merger – Docket No. 2017-0208

Posted on Sep 29, 2017 in Hot Topics, Important Dockets

Update as of 9/29/2017:


Two telecommunications companies, Hawaiian Telcom and Cincinnati Bell have announced a definitive agreement to merge. Both entities will continue to maintain their separate local brand identities and operations. The transaction is subject to federal and state regulatory approvals. Also, the entities expect the merger to close in the second half of 2018.

Founded in 1883 and headquarted in Hawaii, Hawaiian Telcom provides integrated communications services for business and residential customers. Since its founding, there have been a number of transactions that resulted in a change of ownership of Hawaiian Telcom. The last transaction was approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in 2005, when the Carlyle Group acquired Hawaiian Telcom from GTE and Verizon.

Once the application is submitted, the Consumer Advocate anticipates reviewing the proposed transaction to determine if there are significant net benefits for customers and whether the transaction is in the best interest of Hawaii’s businesses and residents.

You may submit public comments on this application directly to the Public Utilities Commission via email at puc@hawaii.gov or on their website at puc.hawaii.gov/contact/public-comments/. You may also submit written public comment via U.S. postal mail to the PUC’s main office at the address below:

State of Hawaii
Public Utilities Commission
465 South King Street, Room 103
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Read more details and other documents filed under this application by searching Docket No. 2017-0208 on the PUC’s Document Management System in the Docket Quick Link search box on the left.