FairPoint Pushback 

Officials with the North Carolina-based company said on Monday that they have pushed back the date by 60 days, from late November to the end of January, 2009.

Over the summer, FairPoint extended the date from September to November.

Chairman and CEO Gene Johnson said the delay will give more time for system enhancements, employee training and testing. He said it is a complex task to replace Verizon’s 600 back-office computer systems with 60 new state-of-the-art computer systems.

FairPoint last spring bought Verizon’s land operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for $2.3 billion in a deal that included 1.6 million phone customers and 230,000 high-speed Internet customers.