Verizon cuts more former Alltel employees

Verizon Wireless confirmed it laid off more former Alltel employees as it works to complete its assimilation of the carrier. Verizon spokeswoman Lucie Pathmann declined to put a number on the cuts, but told that the effort was part of the carrier's plan to eliminate redundant jobs following its $28.1 billion acquisition of Alltel, which closed early this year.

The majority of the job cuts were in Little Rock, Ark., the site of Alltel's headquarters and now a Verizon regional office. The job cuts were in marketing, finance, legal and other areas.

In July, Verizon laid off 80 workers, and the majority of those workers--50--were former Alltel employees in Arkansas.

Throughout much of the year, Verizon has been digesting Alltel's operations: switching over billing systems, upgrading wireless broadband service and re-merchandising stores. Verizon's blockbuster acquisition of Alltel made it the nation's largest wireless carrier with 89 million total subscribers.

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