A 22-year-old Verizon promise to bring fiber Internet or “comparable technology” to its entire service area in Pennsylvania has instead left more than two million homes with nothing but slower DSL or wireless service.
In 1993, Verizon predecessor Bell signed an agreement with state regulators in which it committed “to deploy the technologies necessary to provide universal broadband availability in 2015. In order to meet this commitment, Bell plans to deploy a broadband network using fiber optics or other comparable technology that is capable of supporting services requiring bandwidth of at least 45 megabits per second or its equivalent.”
In exchange, Verizon was allowed to charge higher phone rates. But today, at least 2.1 million Pennsylvania households in Verizon’s phone territory do not have access to the company’s fiber network.
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