by Bruce Kushnick for The Huffington Post
"Cut the copper off," said Lowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, speaking at the Guggenheim Securities Symposium, June21, 2012:
And then in other areas that are more rural and more sparsely populated, we have got LTE [Verizon Wireless] built that will handle all of those services, and so we are going to cut the copper off there. We are going to do it over wireless. So I am going to be really shrinking the amount of copper we have out there, and then I can focus the investment on that to improve the performance of it.
The next two headlines say it all: The Communications Workers of America (CWA), the largest telecommunications union, claims that Verizon isn't fixing the land lines or upgrading the networks and has filed in multiple states to get more documentation and investigations going about these issues.