I recently terminated my home phone service after an unbroken string of forty years with NJ Bell / Verizon. My reasons had to do with the poor customer service and ambivalence shown by Verizon over the past few years. I was reluctant to move to fiber service seeing no reason to discard my old copper service but was essentially bullied into doing so with the gradual but steady non-support as evidence by dwindling numbers of copper technicians and maintenance on local switching stations. When I switched to fiber, I was immediately without service for a period of 3 weeks as an apparent computer glitch kept signalling to Verizon that I had cancelled service. It took a call to the central office in New York to resolve this and this too took several weeks. Apparently Verizon believes that a well thought out labyrinth stream of automated "push 1 for ____, 2 for ____" is the way to build goodwill with customers. They are great at pestering you for payment and this with a customer who had not missed a monthly payment in 40 years! I am afraid that Verizon management believes that automation and aggressive collection is a capable substitute for old-fashioned customer service. It is a pity what has happened to the old Bell system. Capable and dedicated management have been replaced with ninety-day wonders who imagine themselves as "masters of the universe". I hope they can make it to retirement before their decisions put their cash cow out of business.