Verizon goes copper free after Hurricane Sandy
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.