Phone Fights On Fire Island, NY
by James Denison - 7/11/13 8:54 AM
This is starting to really heat up.
Began after Hurricane Sandy hit NY and wiped out phone lines along coastal areas on on islands. Verizon is under legal obligation to restore service, but wanting NOT to replace the previous copper lines. The people object to the replacement service Verizon wishes to provide, which gives less ability than before.
(sort of like digital TV cable, pay more, get less unless you pay even more for a DVR that can pull more than one channel at a time, or get extra settop boxes because you can't just hook direct to TV and recording equipment like analog cable system,....but I digress...)
Supposedly the "Voice Link" wireless home phone service is just that, for voice only, no modems allowed, and that means home emergency services for the elderly are also affected negatively.
My personal view is everyone needs to accept that copper line is dying and soon dead for communications. Verizon however should offer the proper replacement for copper lines, which is fiber optic, instead of this sub standard limited wireless system they want to use instead.
Fire Island on Warpath, part 1
Fire Island on Warpath, part 2
140 years of copper phone lines on death row.
"Post, 85, has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone. But the copper wiring that once connected his home to the rest of the world is gone, and the phone company refuses to restore it....Post's house in Mantoloking was built 83 years ago. His wife
estimates it has been connected to a phone line for 80 years. Now, to
get his pacemaker checked, he heads once a month to a friend's home in
Bay Head, the next town over, which still has a copper phone line.
In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy pushed the sea over Post's neighborhood in Mantoloking, N.J., leaving hundreds of homes wrecked...Verizon doesn't want to replace washed-away lines and waterlogged underground cables....Verizon, the country's second-largest landline phone company, is taking the lead by replacing phone lines with wireless alternatives....state regulators and consumer advocates are increasingly concerned about how the transition will unfold....The elderly and people in rural areas, where cell coverage may be poor or nonexistent, will be most affected by disappearing phone lines...
Verizon also wants to get out of rebuilding phone lines on the western end of New York's Fire Island,...Randazzo's restaurant, The Landing at Ocean Beach, lost Verizon Internet service for a weekend last month, leaving it without a way to process credit cards."
"The future of telecommunications in the U.S. is being played out on the
sandy beaches of Fire Island, NY. Forget about not being upgraded to
fiber optic services. Customers are "extremely disappointed,"
"horrified," "very frustrated," with "grave distress and
dissatisfaction" about Verizon's plan to stop fixing their phone lines
and giving them an inferior wireless replacement, Voice Link, which
can't handle basic plain old telephone service, "POTs" services like
fax, DSL or even reliable e911 service.
The phone companies
and a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC,
created 'model' legislation that has been burning through the states,
removing basic obligations, from quality of service requirements, state
commission oversight to even removing "carrier of last resort," where
the company no longer has to provide basic services. "