Maryland

The MD PSC sent a letter to Verizon demanding the company respond to CWA's request for an investigation, which provided the state agency with photographs depicting the company?s sustained neglect.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) today filed a letter with the Maryland Public Service Commission calling on the PSC to re-open an investigation into Verizon's quality of service on its copper network, which is the primary network serving much of the state, including Baltimore.
Verizon "posted another year of consistently high operating and financial performance in 2014." But it plans to abandon its FiOS expansion, anyway.
A multistate taskforce, plus several individual states, are joining the DOJ and the FCC in reviewing Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner.
While Maryland suburbs have a choice between cable and FiOS, Baltimore residents don't. But some are fighting back.
The FCC estimated that Sandy downed 25 percent of telecommunications, but carriers aren't required to provide figures.
Superstorm Sandy knocked out landline, cable or wireless to as many as 8 million subscribers.
Both Maryland senators, plus some Baltimore officials, backed CWA in its protest against the Verizon/cable deal, which would leave Baltimore without FiOS.
CWA to FCC: The proposed deal between Verizon Wireless and Big Cable would disproportionally negatively impact people of color and lower income families.
Maryland became the nation's first state to ban employers from demanding social media passwords as a condition of employment.