Prepare to have less choice for local phone service. Thanks to FCC rules, incumbent carrier are not required to share their new fiber networks with competitors the same way they shared their copper networks. Considering that upgrading to Verizon's FIOS is a one-way street (no going back to copper for you!), competing phone companies are rightly worried that they could be entirely pushed out of the market. More than ever, municipal networks like UTOPIA make more sense for bringing true competition into the market by remaining vendor-neutral.
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