McLeodUSA shuts down Texas

McLeodUSA, the beleaguered competitive local exchange carrier which has been through bankruptcy once before is shutting down its Texas operations, and apparently has laid off employees from their Austin offices. I have heard that they will shut down their offices in Texas – Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. I have left a voice mail with their PR people, but I am getting some sort of an automated message. I had posted about McLeodUSA’s continued troubles earlier, and how even bankruptcy protection cannot save them from another round of retrenchment. The company says it is looking for a buyer and other strategic options. McLeodUSA has operations in 25 states and needs to pare back its operations if it even holds a glimmer of hope to find a buyer.