Getting customers II: FiberNet says Suddenlink is stealing them

Alternative telecommunications carrier FiberNet, recently acquired by NTELOS (Nasdaq: NTLS), expects to lose more than $1 million in customer accounts and it's pointing the fickle finger of blame at Suddenlink Communications.

FiberNet filed a 29-page complaint in Kanawha, West Va. circuit court alleging that three former sales employees now working at Suddenlink used "confidential information to contact FiberNet customers and persuade them to transfer their accounts to Suddenlink" after the carrier was acquired by nTelos.

FiberNet complained that that the employees breached their no-compete employment contracts and asked the court to order the return of confidential information. It also alleged that Suddenlink, West Virginia's largest cable operator, "ratified" the "wrongful behavior." A Suddenlink spokesperson was unavailable to comment on the story.

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