Verizon has taken another step towards reaching its goal to transition 200,000 copper customers onto fiber this year, saying in an FCC filing that it had transitioned 60 retail POTS voice customers onto fiber in Pennsylvania.
NTCA, an industry forum focused on rural telcos, says that the FCC should not place larger mandates on service providers, because the fact that many consumers shift to using cell phones during power outages shows that they don't see standby power for voice service a priority.
Verizon's troubles in New York City continue to mount as Mayor Bill de Blasio is requiring City Hall to approve any business local agencies do with the service provider, a measure focused on getting it to fulfill its goal to wire the city with FiOS FTTP service.
Verizon may have dropped its home automation unit, but it appears that the service is quietly finding new life with Nexia, Ingersoll Rand's home automation division--so quietly, in fact, that even the carrier's customer service reps have reportedly been caught by surprise.
Wells Fargo analysts have lowered their subscriber-growth projections for Verizon's FiOS video service, citing increased competition from over-the-the top services.
Verizon is coming under fire again in New York City over claims that the service provider is preventing competitors' broadband data service from being delivered to their customers by blocking access to necessary fiber conduits.
Verizon has begun negotiations on a new contract for union workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) amidst claims the telco is not meeting its FiOS and copper network repair obligations.
Cablevision is not giving up on challenging Verizon's claims that its FiOS network is 100 percent fiber-based, so it is combining its claims into one larger suit.
An audit conducted by New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has found that Verizon Communications failed to deliver on its promise to provide fiber-optic service for television and broadband to anyone who wants them by 2014.
Verizon is seeing savings of 60 percent and greater from transitioning copper plant to an all-fiber network, said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Verizon's senior vice president of transformation, while speaking at the Genband Perspectives 15 conference last month.