US incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) Verizon Communications has submitted a ‘Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) Copper Retirement Network Change’ notification with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) covering its legacy networks in Washington, DC. The paperwork notes: ‘Verizon plans to retire copper facilities that are not currently serving any customers and replace them with fibre facilities to provide services over the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network infrastructure it has either deployed or plans to deploy.’ Locations namechecked in the filing include Downtown DC, Georgetown, Metro and others. The planned implementation date is 1 April 2021.
TeleGeography notes that since September 2017 Verizon has submitted a series of applications to the WCB wherein it requested permission to replace copper facilities with IP infrastructure. Markets listed in Verizon’s initial filings included the likes of Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware, and the first batch of switchovers took effect on 28 February 2018. Subsequent years have seen various ‘WCB Copper Retirement Network Change Notification’ requests filed by Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, as well as a number of smaller, regional telcos.