Mike on 25 Feb 2015 07:19:48 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Forced FIOS upgrade?

Thanks, Douglas.

My mother only has two receptacles - one is two prong, but the other is RJ11

That said, I specifically asked the technician if she would require new/different equipment and he said no.  Assuming that that is accurate, I'm hoping that that is evidence that it will be POTS over fiber, rather than VOIP.

I'm still trying to push for a simple restoration of the prior POTS service...

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 5:05 PM, Douglas Purdy <gdp@ccil.org> wrote:

My mother-in-law had the same situation a year ago.
We had reservations but agreed to the free upgrade. She has never been
pushed to pay any more money or accept additional services.

However her house mostly had the old two prong receptacles.
After disconnecting her old service, tech announced we had to provide a
three prong grounded receptacle. I was able to do that quickly & plug in
the FIOS equipment the next day but many people would have had to call an

> Sorry that this is off topic, but I know that you folks know a lot about
> this :)
> My mother's Verizon landline is currently not working.  I believe that
> her current service is POTS, though that may have changed in 2006 when I
> had a DSL line installed so that I could stay with her following an
> illness.  (Am I correct that this is still POTS?)
> So on Saturday, I plugged a phone into the NID on the back of the house
> and got no dialtone.  A technician came out on Sunday and confirmed that
> the issue is in fact with the line, external to the house.
> The technician stated that the line needed to be upgraded to FIOS.  At
> first I agreed to a migration order.  But the thought subsequently

> occurred to me that they may be using this as an excuse to backdoor her
> into a service that she doesn't need - and will cost her more money.
> Is there a legitimate reason why they can't restore her existing service?

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