Starting in 2010, The Wall Street Reported that Verizon was going to stop their upgrading of FiOS, And in 2011, DSL Reports reported that AT&T was not going to be expanding it’s U-Verse broadband/TV service. By 2012 Lowell Mc Adams, CEO of Vreizon : Verizon would “kill the copper.” and in rural areas the customers would be given wireless and “so we are going to cut the copper off there.” AT&T announced in 2012, that they, too had no plans to upgrade 50% of their territories to be able to use cable TV and they too, would turn off the copper and put customers onto wireless.
At the same time, AT&T and Verizon been pursuing a massive state and federal campaign to close down all regulations and obligations, like ‘carrier of last resort’ which would eliminate any requirements to fix services if they break – or even provide service. With a group called ALEC, they have gotten 25 states to rewrite basic protections, and have got the FCC to create a group to ‘senset the netwrks and more recently a ‘Transition Task Force” to ‘close down the PSTN, the copper utility networks.Sandy and Voice Link
In 2012, a storm named Sandy hit along the East Coast and true to their word, Verizon, instead of putting customers back into service after an emergency simply said — tough. Areas of New York City, including Manhattan, the Rockaways, had customers without service for over 6 months.
Verizon filed a wavier to fix Sandy damaged locations and after some wangling, signed an agreement with the New York State Department of Public Service it would do a limited test in the Western part of Fire Island, of Voice Link, a wireless box that is based on pre-smart phone cell service and can’t do basic data applications.
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