Source: awcc -_allied wireless communications corporation SALEM, Mass., April 8, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. announced today that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved its pending purchase of certain former Alltel wireless assets in six states from Verizon Wireless. By granting this approval, the DOJ has determined that ATN's capabilities and experience will enable it to provide effective competition against existing wireless carriers, and that there are no antitrust concerns associated with the acquisition. Approval by the Federal Communications Commission, which is required to complete the acquisition, is still pending. On June 9, 2009, Atlantic Tele-Network announced a definitive agreement to purchase wireless properties, including wireless spectrum licenses and network assets, serving subscribers primarily in rural areas across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, and Idaho. "This is a significant milestone toward completing our acquisition of the Alltel assets, beginning operations and serving our new wireless subscribers," said ATN CEO Michael Prior. "We remain confident that the FCC will join the DOJ in approving ATN's purchase of these assets." About Atlantic Tele-Network Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, is a telecommunications company operating advanced wireless, wireline and both terrestrial and submarine fiber optic networks in North America and the Caribbean. Its principal subsidiaries include: Allied Wireless Communications Corporation, which will provide retail wireless voice and data services for U.S. customers; Commnet Wireless, LLC, which provides voice and data wireless roaming services for U.S. and international carriers in rural areas throughout the United States; Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Limited, which is the national telephone service provider for all local, long-distance and international services, as well as a wireless service provider in Guyana; Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd., which is the leading provider of wireless voice and data services in Bermuda operating as Cellular One, and an early-stage wireless provider in Turks & Caicos through its IslandCom subsidiary; Sovernet, Inc., which provides wireline voice and data services to businesses and homes in New England and high capacity communications network transport services in New York State through its ION subsidiary; and Choice Communications, LLC, which provides wireless broadband services in the U.S. Virgin Islands.