Verizon's troubled Voice Link deployment faces more pushback from NY Attorney General
By Samantha Bookman, Fierce Telecom
July 5, 2013. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is sinking his teeth further into Verizon's planned Voice Link installation on Fire Island and elsewhere in the state. His office filed a statement with the Public Service Commission that asks the PSC to review its decision to allow Verizon to avoid rebuilding its destroyed copper network on the west side of the barrier island, and to require Verizon to divest any legacy assets it no longer has an interest in maintaining.
"The Commission should not jettison wireline service merely because Verizon business strategy prefers a wireless business plan," the AG said in the statement. "...The Commission should instead require that Verizon divest those portions of its New York franchise where it is no longer willing to continue providing wireline service and replace Verizon with another carrier that will provide wireline service."
The move is not surprising, as it follows a request for an injunction filed late last week by the AG that aims to stop Verizon from further deployment of the wireless voice service on Fire Island and in the Catskills, where the carrier is offering Voice Link as an option to replace legacy copper-based services.