MONTPELIER — Vermont utility regulators tell The Associated Press they have rejected a plan by FairPoint Communications to work itself out of bankruptcy in part by delaying broadband deployments and skipping penalties for poor service that were to be paid to ratepayers.

The development today leaves the company’s future path unclear. Maine regulators last week approved FairPoint’s plan for reorganization. New Hampshire hasn’t acted yet.

The North Carolina-based company, which took over the former Verizon Communications landline and Internet networks in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, declared bankruptcy in October.

The Vermont Public Service Board said today the proposed reorganization doesn’t do enough to promote the good of Vermont.