Public Safety

As the Verizon strike enters its third week, basic safety practices aren?t being followed as unqualified managers and contractors hang cables, place poles and operate heavy equipment throughout the Verizon footprint.
According to the Federal Register notice, the rules are designed ?to provide interconnecting entities adequate time to prepare their networks for the planned copper retirements and to ensure that consumers are able to make informed choices.?
?The service quality for these customers is just not meeting our service standards for the state,? said PSC Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman. ?We have an obligation to make sure their needs are being met.?
When asked by News 7 what he feared about lacking a landline connection, Martin Towey, who has Parkinson?s disease and lives alone, responded: ?That I?m on the floor and can?t get up, I can?t call a doctor. It?s ridiculous.?

The legal battle between AT&T and the city of Louisville is gaining national attention, but important facts of the case are often lost in speculation over corporate giant's maneuvering. A hard look at those facts reveals an attempt by the city to unfairly undermine companie's property rights, hard-negotiated contracts, regulatory authority, and public safety.

Are state regulators beginning to hold Verizon responsible for its neglect? We hope so ? it?s about time.

Verizon?s statewide negligence results in broken poles, sagging cables, ungrounded conduit, and abandoned equipment. The PUC has received thousands of complaints of inadequate service.

?Without the proper demonstration that the debt associated with the deal will not interfere with the reinvestment of synergy savings in their New York operations,? the NY DPS comments read, ?the proposed transaction must be rejected."
The New York Times hosted an online discussion on American infrastructure priorities. Nicol Turner-Lee argued that high-speed broadband should be recognized alongside the traditional infrastructure like road and highways as vital to the people of the country.