As we recently noted in great detail
, Verizon is essentially giving up on essentially all of their DSL and landline networks, intentionally driving those unwanted users to cable operators by raising prices and forcing DSL users to bundle landlines they don't want
. Most of the press hasn't really noticed Verizon's strategy yet, but the unions appears to finally be getting wise to the fact that with the death of DSL, the stoppage of FiOS expansion and the focus on fixed and mobile LTE -- comes the death of the telecom union (Verizon Wireless is not unionized).
CWA rallied in front of a Verizon office in Albany this week to protest what they correctly see as the inevitable end of the road for their employment. The CWA Tells the Albany Times Union
the deal could kill off 25,000 jobs in New York State alone, and while the CWA often plays fast and loose with job numbers
, in this instance they may not be wrong:
...the CWA is concerned that Verizon Wireless' marketing deal with cable companies like Time Warner Cable will curtail Verizon Communication's plans to expand its own high-speed FiOS fiber-optic TV, data and voice network. The CWA believes that the deal — in which Verizon Wireless and the cable companies would agree to sell each other's services — would threaten 25,000 jobs in New York state and raise prices for TV, Internet and phone services through what they essentially call a monopoly. The deal needs confirmation by federal regulators before it can move forward.
As our regular readers know however, Verizon had already stopped FiOS expansion (outside of major metro franchise obligations), and was already trying to figure out how they could get rid of the millions of DSL customers they don't want to upgrade. After several high profile ugly deals that left acquiring companies like Frontier and Fairpoint loaded with debt and old networks
, nobody wanted to do additional deals with Verizon, so Verizon figured that nudging them to Verizon's new cable BFF partners -- then more than recouping any losses by marketing them wireless service -- made sense.
Those that don't flee slow Verizon speeds and price hikes will likely be in uncompetitive markets without a cable alternative. In those instances, Verizon will direct users to their Home Fusion LTE service and its steep per gigabyte overages
, which will ultimately be far more expensive for consumers. For the CWA, all that will be left will be a FiOS footprint that won't grow, with Verizon and cable winking and nodding to keep real competition (especially on price) in those markets to an absolute minimum.
Verizon's long been at war with the unions, and this conversion away from DSL to LTE will truly be the killing blow to the CWA's increasingly dwindling power