FCC To Review Verizon NY, NJ Wireline Replacement Plan

Law360, New York (August 15, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday refused to automatically grant Verizon Communications Inc.’s bid to replace landline service on New York and New Jersey barrier islands affected by Hurricane Sandy with wireless service, saying numerous customer objections to the plan meant it needed further review.

The FCC has the power to automatically grant requests to discontinue service when there are no public concerns about access being affected, but that was not the case with Verizon’s proposal to cut off copper landline service in those communities, with...
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