Verizon's accused criminality
"So next up will be a plea from Verizon for government money fix the infrastructure?"
You forgot: Verizon already got paid by the government to work on the infrastructure and then failed to follow through. Look up NYC's Verizon FiOS performance, such as
et al, including many additional stories such as
to discover the history.
NYPSC and Verizon signed an agreement that granted Verizon a series of rate increases under the promise that the rate increases would allow Verizon to implement FiOS across the city. Verizon got their rate increases but failed to meet the promised FiOS implementation goals, by a very significant amount, so New York has started an investigation.
If you note, the ArsTechnica article regarding NYC attempting to force Verizon's performance is dated June 2015, and quite specifically states, quote:
"Verizon also failed to meet broadband promises in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but those states let the company off the hook."
So, from this ElReg story, we can say to ourselves, regarding that last quote, "Not anymore!"
An additional internet search comes up with a very interesting article from yesterday, 22 February:
It appears that Verizon has been cooking the books: Verizon is being accused of moving costs off the wireless and FiOS ledgers and on to the legacy land system in order to make the landlines appear as "money losers" to the regulators, so that said regulators grant landline rate increases whenever Verizon has asked for them.
And, if found guilty of all these charges, do you know what will happen? NOTHING. Verizon will get a typical, corporate 'slap on the wrist', no human individuals will be found guilty or at least culpable for these deceptions and maybe outright frauds, and Verizon will go on as if nothing serious has ever happened.