Alltel to acquire Ill. regional operator

Not surprisingly, we're seeing large operators snapping up small, regional operators as regional players struggle in an environment dominated by national or nearly national operators with cheap country-wide pricing plans. Alltel purchased First Cellular of Southern Illinois, a locally owned wireless service provider in Mt. Vernon. Verizon Wireless recently acquired a small cellular operator in Northern California, Cal-One Cellular, which operates under the Cal North Wireless brand.

For more information about Alltel's and Verizon Wireless' acquisitions:
- read this article from
check out this release from Verizon Wireless