Verizon buys Alltel -- UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Verizon buys Alltel -- UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Talk Business is first in my in-box with the news. Price: $28 billion, a bit more than the investment group paid to acquire it last year. But it looks like the investors might make a billion on the flip. Here's Arkansas Business' update.

LR job outlook? Cloudy.

UPDATE: Lots of Little Rock working schlubs may get the boot thanks to this deal, but the guys in the executive suites -- Scott Ford et. al. -- will score some big paydays, Arkansas Business reports.

Arkansas Business also has the memo sent to Alltel employees today. No time to panic, the execs intone. Easy for them to say. It is true that there won't be any immediate changes and most that are to come won't happen until after the deal closes -- if it does -- by the end of the year.

Talk Business reports on another memo urging Alltel employees to keep working. Company officials will meet the press at 2 p.m. today. There may be some statements about future employment in Little Rock. The key will be representations about the long term, not the remainder of 2008.

Beebe statement on the jump. And, oh yeah, Jim Harris notes, that arena over in Argenta might be due for a name change eventually.

MIKE BEEBE STATEMENT

     "Arkansas welcomes Verizon's expanded presence in our State. While Verizon Wireless has already been providing service here for several years, it will now have a more complete picture of Arkansas hospitality and the commitment of our workforce.

     In acquiring Alltel, Verizon is obtaining a company with deep Arkansas roots and qualified, dedicated employees. I hope those attributes will resonate strongly as decisions are made about how best to incorporate Alltel into the Verizon family." -- Governor Mike Beebe

Yes, well, but will Verizon's expansion in Arkansas be a net gain, net loss or wash of jobs? That is the question.


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (24)

Showing 1-24 of 24

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-24 of 24

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Use of solar on the rise in Arkansas

    With a pivotal ruling expected any day now from the Public Service Commission, Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business reports on the increase in Arkansans adding solar generation units on their homes and business.
    • Apr 13, 2018
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation