Verizon Accused of Ignoring Copper Infrastructure to Focus on FIOS

Some of Verizon's union workers are accusing the telco giant of letting its older copper lines rot while it builds fiber optics elsewhere. The accusers have alleged that training and repair equipment have been almost exclusively focused in areas where FIOS is being built out. Based on Verizon's history in Virginia, where the complaints emanate from, it seems that lengthy repairs of old copper lines aren't unusual for the company.

As happy as I am that Verizon is building FIOS (better late than never), doing so while letting the poor and rural copper customers get second-rate service just can't fly.

(See full articles here and here.)

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