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Verizon goes copper free after Hurricane Sandy
Tuesday 07 May 2013 15:29:44 by Andrew Ferguson

An interesting thing is happening in Mantoloking, New Jersey which speaks volumes for the cost of rolling out a new copper network, and that is after the destruction wrought on the old copper telephone network the DSL and telephone provider is to NOT rebuild its local telephone network in the area.

Voice services are to be made available using a Verizon Voice Link service, that uses a wireless network and provides emergency call backup by using AA batteries to provide up to 36 hours of standby time.

Verizon is best known for its roll-out of FiOS fibre to the home broadband technology in broadband circles, but it seems there are no plans to bring this option to Mantoloking, and with no metallic telephone wire then xDSL based services are not possible.

This reduces the choice for broadband to 4G LTE based services, which Verizon have available in the area, or Comcast cable broadband services. The pricing for Comcast may cause some shock for sensitive souls in the UK, a 6 Mbps service with no special offers is $49.95 + taxes per month, a 20 Mbps service advertises at $34.99 + taxes but rises to $64.95 after the six month offer period. For the speed freaks you can get a 105 Mbps service for $89.99 a month ($144.95 standard price). We should point out that this is just broadband, if you add telephone and TV via Comcast the price can range from $99 to $219.99 a month.


Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago

so some kind of mobile phone terminal that hooks up to phone wiring in the property.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Essentially yes, the New Jersey link in article has a video where you can see actual hardware in a home.
Posted by mervl over 4 years ago
Does it demonstrate the benefits of a competitive unregulated environment without all that European-style nonsense regulation?
Posted by WWWombat over 4 years ago
Story link fails, as it demands a subscription.


Also trying to opt out of the USO-equivalents in New York state...

In fact, it looks like Sandy is merely the excuse for a long term plan:
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