Complaints about phone and Internet service provided by Verizon in South Jersey have prompted a Democratic lawmaker to draft a bill calling on the state to launch an investigation.
In November, 16 towns in Cumberland, Atlantic, Salem, and Gloucester counties asked the state Board of Public Utilities to look into the company's phone and Internet service offered over aging copper wires.
The towns claim Verizon has let those wires deteriorate, while Verizon says it has spent millions of dollars maintaining its copper wire infrastructure in South Jersey.
New Jersey Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), said inadequate and often nonexistent phone and Internet service in South Jersey is unfair and possibly dangerous for residents, business owners, and emergency crews.
He said passage of his legislation would “give more strength and more power to the legal action” by the South Jersey towns.
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