http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/p.../1003/BUSINESSVerizon move riles competitors
Originally Posted by Jim Hef
That may just be a vicious rumor spread by a Comcast employee! Why would they take the extra steps to remove the copper lines. All they have to do is run the new interface and then connect into your copper runs within your home, for both TV and phone.
Phone providers say removing copper wires puts them at a disadvantage
By AARON NATHANS, The News Journal
Posted Thursday, July 12, 2007
Officials at the competing companies have filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, charging that Verizon is interfering with their right to compete.
In the filing, on behalf of 17 competitive local exchange carriers, attorney Patrick Donovan wrote that large telecommunications carriers have a strong motivation to remove useful copper wires.
"By doing so, they make it more difficult or impossible for a third provider to compete with them in the provision of voice, data and video services to consumers," Donovan wrote.
Verizon spokesman Harry Mitchell said aesthetic reasons motivate his company to routinely remove the old copper wire running to a customer's home. Two aboveground wires running to a home are unsightly, he said.
Verizon leaves the copper wire in place if it's located underground, he said.
If customers say they want to keep the copper wire, or have it reattached, Verizon will try to talk them out of it, Mitchell said.
But if they insist, Verizon will allow it to remain or reattach it, he said. When asked whether the reattachment could take a long time, Mitchell did not immediately provide a time range.
Smaller telecommunications companies, such as Broadview Networks and Cavalier Telephone, say the copper wires are their primary method of providing telephone and Internet service. Federal law requires Verizon, AT&T and other large regional land-line telephone service providers to share their copper networks with the smaller companies.
Cutting the wires means consumers won't be able to easily switch to a smaller competing network, said Barry Orton, professor of telecommunications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It's harder for the smaller competitors to make use of Verizon's fiber-optic network, Orton said.
"Consumers have to insist on keeping it there, otherwise it will be gone," Orton said of the copper wire.