In an industry as dynamic as telecommunications, it's critical that the basic assumptions underpinning public policy promote competition among service providers, while driving investment and innovation, and creating value and choices for customers.

Here in Pennsylvania, we're advocating Verizon's position on a number of important issues. In this section, you'll learn more about our goals and objectives in the policy arena and what you as residents and consumers in the Keystone State can do to get involved.

 

 

153 Wire Centers in Pennsylvania Reclassified as Competitive

 

On March 4, 2015, the PA Public Utility Commission issued an Order that reclassified portions of Verizon’s operating area in Pennsylvania as “Competitive.” Most of Verizon’s services throughout the state, including bundled packages, features and toll, were reclassified competitive several years ago and Verizon can change their rates without Commission approval. The recent Order gives Verizon the ability to change its prices for basic standalone dial tone service in these areas without having to seek approval by the Commission. The Order also means that if you are a customer in one of the areas, beginning July 1, 2015, any services you received under Verizon’s state tariffs will be provided pursuant to the Verizon Product Guide, available to you at http://www.verizon.com/tariffs/productguide.

Only certain areas in the following counties are included in the Order: Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Washington, Westmoreland and York. If you live in one of these counties, and would like to find out more about this decision and if your area is included in the PUC’s Order, please see the following:

     
 
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It Can Wait Texting While Driving Ban

Verizon joined forces with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and a number of other businesses and community organizations to help promote safe driving through It Can Wait. http://itcanwait.com/

We support federal legislation to ban texting and e-mailing while driving. This approach is a logical extension of our previous breaks with other wireless companies to support state-wide legislation banning texting and e-mailing while driving. [ Learn more ]

And we support the Pennsylvania ban on texting and e-mailing while driving.


Meeting Our Chapter 30 Commitment to Pennsylvania

Verizon is ahead of schedule for meeting its Chapter 30 obligations to deliver broadband to 100% of its Pennsylvania service territory by 2015.

Broadband availability in rural areas has increased dramatically since December 2004 when Act 183 renewed Chapter 30. Today, over 90% of Verizon's access lines can get Verizon High Speed Internet Service. And the list continues to grow. [ Learn more ]


 

Verizon is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Innovation & CompetitionRegulatory Modernization Legislation

 

Consumers in Pennsylvania are redefining the communications marketplace. In growing numbers, they are adopting new communications tools provided by wireless, cable, and Internet companies. Today, Pennsylvanians utilize a range of innovative tools to meet their communications needs including email, text messaging and social networking – communicating in ways that were simply unimaginable when traditional phone regulations were written so many years ago.

While advances in technology have reshaped our world, our regulations have not kept up with this progress and they no longer serve the public interest. Streamlining outdated, burdensome regulations can make it easier for telecommunications companies to continue to invest and grow and enable Pennsylvania consumers to experience the full potential the industry can provide.

Previously, a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to modernize outdated rules which no longer make sense in today’s environment, the Telecommunications Market Competition Act (HB 1608). Verizon supported the legislation because common sense reforms are needed to update decades-old regulations that no longer make sense given our robust competitive environment and the diverse technological landscape.

Verizon teamed up with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Innovation and Competition, as well as dozens of independent businesses, to encourage the House Consumer Affairs Committee and Legislature to move HB 1608 forward. Verizon is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Innovation & Competition because we believe that continued competition, innovation and investment benefits consumers and businesses throughout the state.