Large parts of South Jersey will not be brought into the Fios era.
Ending more than a year of negotiations, public hearings, and investigation into consumer complaints, Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to monitor more closely its fraying copper lines in rural South Jersey and potentially expand DSL internet service to 2,000 new homes or businesses.
But the telecom giant won't be wiring a wide swath of Cumberland, Burlington, Salem, and Atlantic Counties with the high-speed Fios service that has been extended to millions of residents in other parts of New Jersey.
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In my personal opinion, Verizon and other large carriers like Comcast, are trying to have it both ways: they want the power to do whatever they want and maintain control like a public utility, yet none of the responsibilities of a public utility.