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Verizon Switching Off Copper Network in Parts of NY, NJ, MA, PA, RI, and VA

Phillip Dampier September 5, 2018 Consumer News, Public Policy & Gov't, Verizon 2 Comments

Verizon is continuing efforts to gradually retire its copper-wire facilities in parts of six states, replacing existing copper wiring with a fiber to the home network.

Verizon has notified regulators the company intends to drop support for traditional landline service, replaced with Verizon’s fiber-powered internet and digital phone service.

“As a general matter, the retirement of copper facilities will not result in changes to rates, terms, and conditions in cases where the affected service is converted to a like-for-like service that is available on fiber facilities,” Verizon told regulators.

The central offices affected (click bold link to get copy of list of affected addresses):

Massachusetts

Dorchester, Hyde Park, Milton, Roxbury and West Roxbury (Nov. 30, 2018)

Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roxbury and West Roxbury (Phase 2 – March 9, 2019)

Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roxbury, and West Roxbury (Phase 3 – June 28, 2019)

New York

Bedford Village (Oct. 1, 2018)

South Staten Island + 58 wire centers in: Queens, Brooklyn, Astoria, Corona, Manhattan, Bronx, Flushing, Forest Hills, Long Island City, Newtown, Staten Island, and Richmond Hill (Nov. 30, 2018)

47 wire centers in Brooklyn, Astoria, Manhattan, Queens, Corona, Flushing, Forest Hills, Bronx, Long Island City, Newtown, and Richmond Hill (March 9, 2019)

60 wire centers in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, Richmond Hill, Queens, Newtown, Long Island City, JFK Airport, Forest Hills, Flushing, Corona, and Astoria (June 28, 2019)

Pennsylvania

Bethel Park, Camp Hill, Carnegie, East Liberty, Enola, Middletown, Oakland, Paxtonia and Steelton (Nov. 30, 2018)

Pottsdown (June 28, 2019)

Rhode Island

Riverside (Nov. 30, 2018)

New Jersey

Mays Landing (March 9, 2019)

Virginia

Second Avenue – Richmond (March 9, 2019)

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Todd
Todd
2 years ago

The problem is, the services are not really like for like services.

The one single benefit of phone over copper wire is the ability to make a phone call, even if the power is out. You’re not getting that with any VoIP service.

At least they promised to leave rates unchanged.

L. Nova
L. Nova
2 years ago

What about southeastern Massachusetts, Bristol Counties for example??? The city I live in has Comcast or unreliable copper DSL. Is my area going to get fiber finally??

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