Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years ? and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016 ? but the company is still insisting on givebacks that would devastate jobs.
While many corporate acquisitions result in job cuts, in this instance, Frontier will hire more than 200 additional workers to improve service. Frontier?s workforce is 100 percent based in the United States.
?We urge you to act as a responsible corporate citizen, and negotiate a fair contract with the employees who make your company?s success possible,? the letter concludes. ?We look forward to a prompt and fair resolution of these issues.?
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.?
Following an investigation, the Commission found that Verizon?s supercookies were an invasion of privacy, and is requiring Verizon to notify its customers of the practice and obtain customer opt-in moving forward.
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.