Verizon, FiOS, and CLEC/UNE orders (was AT&T diversity)

Jay Ashworth jra at
Wed Mar 21 15:00:32 CDT 2012

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Thomas" <mike at>

> > VZ wants to get rid of their copper plant. It's expensive to
> > maintain, and it requires that they sell service to competitors.
> > Once they've disconnected their customers from it, they can just
> > eliminate the copper plant. POTS service which ILECs provide, is
> > basically copper service. So once the copper is gone, they are no
> > longer in the heavily regulated POTS business. The result being,
> > they can do whatever they want.
> I can understand their motivation if what Jay writes is incorrect. My
> guess is that Jay may be correct technically, but VZ does it anyway
> because they figure they can get away with it.

Someone tells me off list that indeed, if the plant isn't *there*, VZN
isn't required to build it.

Now, if that's the case, then they can't adminstratively block *someone
else* from building it, either...

-- jra
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