Communications Workers of America officials contend that Verizon has failed to fund the upkeep of its copper phone lines that still serve eight million customers and called Wednesday for Pennsylvania regulators to investigate. The CWA also sent letters to regulators in Delaware and Virginia, seeking investigations. The union is expected to eventually send one to New Jersey regulators. The union criticism comes as Verizon and the CWA are locked in thorny contract negotiations that include issues related to Verizon's commitment to its hybrid network of copper and high-speed fiber-optic lines, or FiOS.
The CWA would like Verizon to wire its entire multistate area for FiOS, a capital investment that would support CWA jobs. But Verizon has said it will soon halt its FiOS expansion,
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