The PUC staff is recommending approval, with many conditions that aim to expand service, cut dividends, fix rates and improve quality of service.
As the day-and-a-half-long hearing came to a close on Tuesday,
the commission took the proposal under advisement. The deal already has been approved in Maine and is pending in Vermont.
Two unions representing Verizon employees are fighting the deal.
They say added conditions improved the original proposal, but that the deal still is risky.