Peo­ple’s Coun­sel seeks probe into Ver­i­zon no­tices

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - — Sarah Gantz

The Mary­land Of­fice of Peo­ple’s Coun­sel is call­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sus­pen­sion of cop­per-line re­tire­ment no­tices Ver­i­zon has been send­ing some Mary­land cus­tomers. Ver­i­zon wants to re­place old cop­per wiring for land­line phones with fiber-op­tic cable, and the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion es­tab­lished rules to make the tran­si­tion smoother. The no­tices Ver­i­zon has sent some cus­tomers in Anne Arun­del, Bal­ti­more and Howard coun­ties are con­fus­ing and do not com­ply with the FCC’s rules, the peo­ple’s coun­sel al­leged in a pe­ti­tion to the Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and com­ments to the FCC. Ver­i­zon said it is work­ing with cus­tomers. “Cus­tomers will con­tinue to re­ceive the same ser­vices at the same prices, terms, and con­di­tions, just over our more re­li­able fiber net­work,” a spokesman said.

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