|McAdam of Verizon: We Will Turn Off Almost All Copper|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 00:56|
New York, Washington and 20M+ Lines “Killed” LTE at $60 minimum rural, FiOS at $70 urban. “Every place we have FiOS, we are going to kill the copper. We are going to just take it out of service,” CEO McAdam is completely clear. “Areas that are more rural and more sparsely populated, we have got LTE built that will handle all of those services and so we are going to cut the copper off there.”
In addition, competitors who now share the copper network will typically be totally $@$#$@. Nationwide, alternatives to the telco/cablecos have less than 5% of the residential market but in some areas they remain important. The most interesting, Sonic.net in California, offers unlimited calls and Internet up to 20 meg for $50/month, 20-50% cheaper than AT&T. Their customer service, as measured by DSL Reports, is far better,4,57 out of 5, all A ratiings. AT&T gets a 3.25, all B’s and C’s. Sonic.net and similar companies be totally trashed if unbundled copper is ended in U-Verse territory. Competitors are important to many small businesses. (get number) They too would be $@$#$@, as would their customers.
New York City’s five million homes and businesses are scheduled for universal FiOS coverage by 2014, delayed from the 2012 deadline originally agreed by the company. I’m waiting to hear from the city DOITT how many are actually covered and whether Verizon is living up to the franchise agreement. Rumor has it Verizon is including in the figures homes that actually can’t get service.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 July 2012 20:01|