Reports indicate that U.S. telecommunications giant Verizon has sought permission from the Federal Communications Commission seeking the discontinuation of four legacy DS0 services currently in use in seven states. The low-speed and legacy data and voice services include DIGIPATH Digital Service II, Digital Data Service, WATS Access Line Service and Voice Grade Service.
The states in which the services are still in use are Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, New England, Maryland and Delaware. In these states Verizon Communications has around ten wholesale customers as well as 67 retail customers. If the Federal Communications Commission grants the permission being sought, Verizon will no longer accept orders from new clients for these particular services after or on January 31 2018. After or on July 17, 2018 existing services will also be unable to but additional circuits. And after or from December 31, 2018, the services will be discontinued in specified centers.
According to Verizon the four legacy services are outdated and the number of consumers who prefer them has not reached a critical mass. Majority of the subscribers are instead turning to other fiber-centric options and Verizon will provide various wholesale and retail alternative services that are fiber-based.
For the retail market the alternative services and products will include voice services that are fiber-based, LTE, machine-to-machine services, DS1 services, Private Internet protocol Service, Switched Ethernet Service, and Fios Internet. With regards to the wholesale market, the alternative services and products will include DS1 Service, Private Internet Protocol Service, Transparent LAN Service, Fiber to the Internet Service, Wholesale Resale and Wholesale Advantage.
Verizon’s move comes two months after the telecommunications giant also asked the Federal Communications Commission to permit it to stop four legacy DSO services that were being offered in several wire centers in the state of New York. The leading telecommunications operator in the United States is however not alone in seeking permission to drop legacy services.
This year in August, AT&T made an appeal to the Federal Communications Commission seeking to be allowed to shutter two legacy services DecaMAN and GigaMAN which were operating in eleven states. AT&T gave its reasons for wanting to shutter the services as weak interest in the market and the fact that subscribers had shifted to more recent dedicated service lines. Additionally another provider, Cincinnati Bell Inc, earlier in the year indicated that it was planning to stop offering LAS – Local Area Service to several exchanges in the state of Kentucky.