scrap the copper
only to replace it with fiber.. don't worry.. Verizon's already broken so many deals-- don't think the NYS PUC won't have something to say about giving CLECs access to fiber infrastructure once they rebuild with government assistance..
if there was over $5 million for time warner for upstate fiber runs, then verizon's good for at least that much in manhattan. hint.. they might want to run water-tight conduit as they do in underseas cables. then you won't see a saltwater excuse the next time around.