A number of New York City officials said they are considering suing Verizon for not meeting their proposed FiOS buildout obligations set in their 2008 franchise agreement.
Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, has written a letter to the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) asking the state regulator to investigate Verizon and look at how the deregulation of the New York telecom market is impacting businesses and consumers.
Phone Recovery Systems filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts against Verizon Communications, Comcast and other phone companies claiming that the firms have failed to pay the state $214 million in fees to support the 911 system.
Verizon's troubles in New York City continue to mount as Mayor Bill de Blasio is requiring City Hall to approve any business local agencies do with the service provider, a measure focused on getting it to fulfill its goal to wire the city with FiOS FTTP service.
Verizon is coming under fire again in New York City over claims that the service provider is preventing competitors' broadband data service from being delivered to their customers by blocking access to necessary fiber conduits.
Verizon Communications has no interest in buying Dish Network, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.
Cablevision is suing Verizon Communications in a Manhattan federal court claiming that its TV commercial that says Verizon's FiOS is not 100 percent fiber optic cable is truthful.
Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, which a top Verizon executive has said is mostly about AOL's advertising technology, is raising new concerns that customers' privacy will be exploited in Verizon's push to create more targeted ads.
Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion purchase of AOL will mean the telecommunications giant is no longer just competing directly against the likes of AT&T. The deal is all about advertising technology, or ad-tech, and with it Verizon will now be competing against Google, Facebook and others in the digital ad market, especially in video. If Verizon can develop content for its OTT venture, it now has the tools to make money off of that using AOL.
DENVER—Software-defined networking is the next big area of focus for telecom operators and that's why standards are critical to advancing the SDN effort. "SDN is the next big problem for the industry to solve," said Chris Emmons, director of network planning for SDN implementation at Verizon Communications.