Refusal to repair copper line in rural upstate NY.
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My father's phone in 315 area code (rural upstate NY) doesn't work when it rains, snows, sleets or any weather other than sunny and dry.  The line is in the ditch, and after contacting a NYS Assemblywoman in 2011, it was repaired/replaced immediately, after her office intervened.

5 years later, it is deteriorated/broken again, and Verizon technicians have been out multiple times over the past 18 months.  Finally a few weeks ago, we were told that Verizon will no longer repair/replace copper lines. We were advised to get a cell phone and drop Verizon.  Cell phone coverage is NOT available in his pocket of farmland.

What can we do for older folks in rural parts of New York?  Cell phone reception is spotty, let alone trying to teach an 80 year old man with poor eyesight how to use a small phone.  There is a large population still up there in need of reliable phone service.

I'm tired of contacting Verizon about my father's phone as the contracted technicians can do nothing about it. They poke about for a while, properly diagnose the problem, but can't repair or replace it per Verizon's decision, they say.  We can get no one from Verizon to admit this. Has anyone had success after filing a complaint with the FCC, BBB, or other consumer advocate or agency?

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