As phone companies abandon old, unloved copper lines, some customers find withdrawal painful

  • Article by: PETER SVENSSON , AP Technology Writer
  • Updated: July 8, 2013 - 7:32 PM

MANTOLOKING, N.J. — Robert Post misses his phone line.

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hpbearJul. 8, 13 7:39 PM

one thing that i'm not sure the article mentions, but back in the 90's, verizon was given a subsidy to wire the whole state of NJ with fibre optic lines by 2000, and they didn't hold up their end of the bargain, penalty pending. and in NY State, they got a special granting of a surcharge to wire every residence with fibre optic lines by the state, not wireless. again, they seem to be breaking their end of the agreement. someone's got to put their foot down and tell verizon to either a: replace the copper wires asap, b: put in the fibre optic lines asap, c: refund with interest all the people of NJ and NY the surcharges they were granted to put in the fibre optic networks but never delivered on, or d: put the CEO and the entire board of directors in jail doing 10+ years (no parole allowed) as well as have their personal assets sold off as illegal profits based off of felony "fraud" charges (the fraud being that the company purposely not holding up their end of the agreement to wire the state up in return for the special surcharge). but I'm not sure the NY and NJ prosecutors have the guts to do what's right.

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davehougJul. 8, 1310:32 PM

ALL wireless has a certain capacity designed for expected volume plus a cushion. HOWEVER if a bridge falls or everyone wants to call, the service will fail. A garden hose works until you NEED a firehouse.

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