Someone should organize a lawsuit They are violating their franchise agreement in NJ. They were supposed to deploy to all areas. Then they went and selectively deployed where they deemed fit and ignored everywhere else.
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A lawsuit would be good because then they can be forced through the discovery process and depositions their reasons for not upgrading certain areas.
If they were forced to disclose their "real" reason for not upgrading certain areas (like where I live in Springfield, MA), they'll probably settle with the plaintiffs, not admit any wrongdoing and upgrade the rest of their areas to FiOS.
They're probably not disclosing their reasons as it will cause irreversible damage control issues.
I hear ya but a lawsuit benefits only the lawyers.
Instead, leverage the politicians that are lobbied by Verizon's special interest groups. Or get some grassroots movement of your own that shows how companies are using federal subsidies to benefit them, not the customer.
but nothing will get done as the telco formerly known as ma-bell is constipated.
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said by mjmellin:No.
They are violating their franchise agreement in NJ. They were supposed to deploy to all areas. Then they went and selectively deployed where they deemed fit and ignored everywhere else.
The systemwide franchise agreement required Verizon to deploy to every county seat in New Jersey that it serves, plus a specific list of municipalities. If you're not on the list, then Verizon has no obligation to deploy FiOS in your area.
In total, there are 565 municipalities in New Jersey. Of these, Verizon's systemwide franchise only covers 369 of them. In the other 196 that are served by a different ILEC, Verizon would have to negotiate with the municipal government for a franchise, like any other cable overbuilder.
Of the 369 municipalities where Verizon is permitted to build FiOS, it is required to deploy to 70 of them, with deadlines ranging from 2012 to 2015. The other 299 may or may not get FiOS -- probably not.
Note 1: These numbers are from the 2010 BPU report. »www.nj.gov/bpu/pdf/cablepdfs/SWF···6910.pdf Verizon originally obtained a 316-muncipality franchise that covered only the areas where it is already the ILEC. They later got the BPU to extend it to some adjacent areas.
Note 2: DSLReports keeps calling it a "statewide franchise." It's not. It's a "systemwide" franchise.