Verizon will not rebuild its copper-line telephone network in Mantoloking, N.J., a community of about 300 that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Asbury Park Press reports. Instead, the company is offering residents a new service called Verizon Voice Link, which connects wired and cordless phones to the Verizon Wireless network.
Verizon Voice Link won't be vulnerable to unpredictable-but-common accidents like cars hitting telephone poles and trees falling on utility wires. According to Verizon, installation is free, and prices are the same as or less than what customers were paying for landline service.
How it works: A technician plugs a small antenna box into an electrical socket and telephone jack in the customer's home. Phone calls are then made over the Verizon Wireless network, rather than via copper telephone lines. In case of a power outage, three AA batteries keep the device going for 36 hours.
Mantoloking is the first town in New Jersey, and one of just a few areas in the U.S., to get the new service. About 30 residents have already signed up, Verizon says.
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While some will undoubtedly appreciate the cost savings of the new initiative, the impact will be greater on those that rely on the lines for continued internet service. I haven't researched into this, but I doubt there are alternate internet providers other than maybe the local cable company and previously Verizon. I say previously because the service that Verizon previously provided through the copper lines was DSL and unmetered, but by not providing service any longer, it is essentially leaving residents with cable as the only fixed line bandwidth provider of choice. Alternatively, residents may seek service from wireless providers (most of whom provided metered service at an increased rate).
Why not bundle cables in underground lines that can be easily serviced? Wireless has its own pitfalls.
Everyone hwo uses internet its screwed now. Prepare to pay fortune for low quality and limtied bandwidth.
High ping, packet loss, low speed...
I bet they... secretly "bought" the cable company aswell.