Verizon Accused Of Deliberately Neglecting Landline Service To Push Customers To FiOS

Verizon Accused Of Deliberately Neglecting Landline Service To Push Customers To FiOS

It’s no secret that companies like AT&T and Verizon look at their aging copper landline networks as expensive dinosaurs of a pre-Internet age. But one advocacy group alleges that Verizon has allowed its copper lines to fall into disrepair in the hopes of pushing landline customers to Internet-based phone service. [More]

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New Jersey Island Won’t Get Its Landlines Back After Sandy Because Copper Is Too Expensive

Gather close, you young folk, and listen to a tale of times past, when everyone had phones that connected them to the rest of the world through wires. In days gone by, people relied on these so-called landlines especially in times of natural disasters or power outages. As such, one New Jersey island’s residents are none too pleased that Verizon won’t reinstall its landlines after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the original lines. [More]

Stolen 5,300 Pound Copper Church Bell Recovered Near Scrapyard

Stolen 5,300 Pound Copper Church Bell Recovered Near Scrapyard

Ding dong, are you missing a bell? Acting on a tip, police recovered a 5,300 pound copper bell that was stolen last week from the garden of St. Mary’s Cathedral in West Oakland, California. [More]

Metal Theft Follows In Irene's Wake

Metal Theft Follows In Irene's Wake

As Tropical Storm Irene has receded, thieves have followed in its wake, and they’re hungry for metal. Several Vermont towns have been hit by metal thieves seeking to take advantage of the disarray as people try to clean up and get their lives back together. [More]

Copper Thieves Disable 40 Blocks Of Street Lights, Leading To Near-Fatal Car Crash

Copper Thieves Disable 40 Blocks Of Street Lights, Leading To Near-Fatal Car Crash

Miami police are placing partial blame for a car crash that threw a woman through a windshield on a recent spree of people stealing copper from street lights. In the neighborhood, there are 40 straight blocks where all the street lights are dark because of copper thieves. [More]

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Here’s a new excuse for bad service: AT&T is being plagued by copper thieves in Tennessee. The thefts of copper cables “has caused disruptions to voice and data communications, as well as emergency calls, company officials said.” [The Tennessean]

The Copper In Your House Is Worth Lots Of Money

The Copper In Your House Is Worth Lots Of Money

I recently hired a plumber to do a rebuild on an existing small bathroom. During the demolition phase, the plumber remarked that he would be reclaiming the old copper pipe and that it was worth around $25.

Verizon Fios Could Leave You In The Dark When The Power Goes Out

Verizon Fios Could Leave You In The Dark When The Power Goes Out

Consumers who switch to Verizon’s new FiOS TV or Internet services will find a change to their existing Verizon phone service: Their copper-wire phone line will be replaced with a fiber-optic line.

Your Old Plumbing Can Help Pay For Your New Plumbing

Your Old Plumbing Can Help Pay For Your New Plumbing

    There are great alternatives to copper when it comes to re-piping your home, so there’s no real need to pay any premiums there. But why not take advantage with the old copper pipe you’re going to replace?