Muni Fiber and Politics

Rich Kulawiec rsk at
Tue Jul 22 00:58:28 UTC 2014

On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 08:56:41PM +0000, Alex Rubenstein wrote:
> I live in 07874. Out here, only 50 miles from New York City, we have a problem.

You also have another problem, which I'll get to in a moment.

> Verizon's network in this area is older than most people who are
> subscribed to this list. The copper is literally falling off the
> telephone poles, and in conversations with linemen, they are instructed
> to effectuate repairs in the cheapest manner possible (band-aid). In
> fact, in many cases, they offer to customers to replace their service
> with wireless rather than fix the wireline.

That's the problem.  Copper plant is clearly not the optimal solution
for data communication, but when you really NEED a voice call to go
through -- say, when a major hurricane moves up the coast, taking out
all kinds of infrastructure as it goes -- it gives you the best chance.
And if that phone call's content is something like "the water is rising,
we need to be evac'd NOW", then you'd probably want that best chance.

Well, if it's as well-maintained as it once was.  Say what you want
about the old Ma Bell, but they overengineered the hell out of everything
from CO's to handsets, and that effort saved lives.

Now?  Not so much:

	Verizon Tells Some Sandy Victims They'll Never Get DSL Back As Company Continues Push Toward Killing Off Copper

	Verizon Tells More Sandy Victims They'll Never See DSL Repaired
	Verizon Uses Storm Cover as Opportunity to Hang Up on Users

	Sandy Victims Continue to Complain Verizon Hung Up on Them

	Verizon on Killing DSL: But..But..Sandy Was SAD!
	Company Dodges Concerns About Failure in Sandy Regions

	Public Service Commission Orders Verizon To Cough Up Cost Data On Its New York Copper Lines

	Verizon Responds To Freedom Of Information Request With Hundred Of Fully Redacted Pages


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