Completely correct only for three states. Verizon & AT&T have decided to shut down at least 20M landlines between them, going wireless only, as I've reported several times. The evidence is in many state filings and financial reports. I believe the Florida Power & Light FCC filing in the title, while accurately quoted. was only meant to apply to the three FP&L states. In other states, my opinion is they will keep most but not all FiOS lines while dumping 10M lines of copper.
"All the evidence shows that Verizon has been abandoning its efforts to build out wireline broadband. Verizon, in fact, has made clear it intends to be out of the wireline business within the next ten years, conveying this clear intent to regulated utilities in negotiations over joint use issues and explaining that Verizon no longer wants to be a pole owner. ... Publicly available evidence abounds. ... Verizon is obviously no longer interested in the wireline broadband business and sees its financial future in the wireless industry."
FP & L's attorneys have written to me with the "three state" update. I'm pretty sure that Verizon intends to continue offering FiOS to 15M+ homes in it's traditional Northeast region. It's a good and profitable business, beating cable in some territories despite extremely high pricing. Verizon and AT&T have been coy on the subject. As far as I know, neither has ever gone on the record with how many lines they intend to scrap in favor of wireless.Add a comment