No doubt they'll get one last shot at jettisoning the last northeast unprofitables.. but will have the door slammed firmly shut on selling any significant portion of their rural midwest and west coast assets which folded GTE and PacBell into what is now Verizon wired & wireless services. Then Verizon will have to do battle with its remaining footprint for upgrading to fiber and/or lte on an accelerated time scale. Verizon will have to choose which one is cheapest to install.. and we all know that answer: LTE, nearly as cheap as AT&T's deployment of DSL.
Pacbell isn't part of Verizon. We here in California are part of Ma Bell aka AT&T.
When Verizon became the premier telco long before AT&T got self made with BellSouth they acquired GTE so they are part of the landscape of California telco. If you look carefully at the deal assets had to switched back & forth so that the deal could pass anti-trust. No doubt some CA municipalities got switched around and some former PacBell assets wound up in Verizon hands too as part of the deal and some GTE assets went to Pacbell. What happened after is irrelevant.. to how Verizon.. a former northeast telco wound up with West Coast telecom wireline assets in the last mile.