Thursday, January 5, 2017

Verizon Responds To My Morning Post On Chincoteague Fire Department Issue

Hi Jon, I saw your post this morning - if you are interested in sharing the other side of the story our statement follows and can be attributed to me for balance.  Thanks, MM

“The Chincoteague Fire Department asked Verizon to relocate telephone network equipment from where they intend to build a new fire station.

 

“What’s been missing from the story about the cost to complete the work is this: we’re not talking about moving a phone line or two. This is about relocating some 1100 feet of 1200-pair copper cable along with fiber optic lines serving a large portion of Chincoteague Island.  To meet the FD’s specifications, we proposed burying those cables – an expensive process -- but there are other ways to accomplish this. We’ll consider any design changes they are willing to make to reduce costs or lessen the impact to the Island’s telecom equipment.”

Mike Murphy
Spokesperson
Verizon

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with Verizon that moving a trunk 1100 feet can be an expensive operation, but then it's the cost of doing business. Kindly remind Verizon that in the future should they require the services of the fire dept there will be a $100,000 charge to respond to their emergency. A discount of 25% will be applied if Verizon meets the equipment at the scene with a cash payment.

Anonymous said...

costs money to operate the Horizontal Drilling machine and you have to be certified to use that equipment. If you dont use that machine, then you have to dig up the area and then people would complain about the mess. Either way you get complaints. 1100 feet is what, a whole spool of wire? How much does that cost? You have to bring a flatbed/large truck down there. Just think how much Comcast would charge to do that??

Anonymous said...

soooo 73000/1100 is 66/ft

seems reasonable when you break it down that way

Anonymous said...

Maybe Verizon could work with them. I know Medicom did with us and we are private citizens and the cable was going to a private residence.

Anonymous said...

What the fire department "conveniently" left out is that they have kaited their old fir station on the market for 1.26 MILLION dollars. They see no problem trying to "rape" others but want to complain about the 73k cost of relocating wiring and say Verizon is trying to "rape" them. I love how they brag about a carnival that runs 16 days out of 365. Wow, what an effort. They aren't special. They should pay like everyone else. I don't have cable TV in my house because I live in the country and cable doesn't come out that far. Therefore, I don't have cable internet either. Comcast quoted me a similar price to bring cable to my house. I can't afford it so, I don't have it. Live within your means. Work costs money. Pay like everyone else.

Anonymous said...

I love when people threaten that the fire department won't come or will charge someone. Those hose beaters sit around jerking off PRAYING they will get to go to a fire. They will come regardless because it strokes their ego and gives them something to sit around and brag about while they look at photos from the fire. Lastly, if my house catches on fire, let it burn down. I have insurance on it and will be just fine rebuilding. You guys say you want to help and provide community service but always threaten to let your house burn down. Worthless pieces of shit.

Anonymous said...

Notice how everyone only mentions their side of a story? There is a lot involved here,and compromise will be tested.I would like to buy an old fashioned model phone to put in my house,but with cell phone technology.Something that looks like the phones we has as children,but with cell phone technology.Is there such a thing?

Anonymous said...

Fire dept should have to pay just like anyone else would have to pay. This is major construction work.

Anonymous said...

To be honest,I am amazed that the island has fiber-optic when a lot of the rural shore still has no access to broadband.

Anonymous said...

Verizon can use some of their corporate funding for non-profits if they are truly concerned over folks on the island!!! They have been very profitable for a long time, give some back to these organizations and communities that make you profitable!! All the wires for telephone and power should be buried and old poles removed period.

Anonymous said...

2:00 You're not kidding! Even the Comcast cable is a piece of crap there!

Anonymous said...

Comcast isn't in Chincoteague stupid it's Charter cable. Hahaha

Anonymous said...

How come Verizon can't suggest ways to do the job in a way that would save the fd money?

Anonymous said...

Why should they do that? Does the FD give Verizon and their family free rides and food at the carnival! Verizon is a BUSINESS. They are there to make money for providing a service. What the fire department is doing (attacking them on social media and bullying them) is nothing more than Internet terrorism. The fire department should be ashamed that a member is using the fire department "business" to attack another business on social media. It is beyond unprofessional for a public service department to bash a business on social media. The president of the department, the chief and all members should be ashamed and embarrassed. They should force their member to take the post down, apologize to Verizon publicly and enact a social media policy for all members. This whining and bullying is ridiculous and unprofessional.

Anonymous said...

8:35 you dumbass.....the fire company will go to their (Version employees) families house fire without asking such an high cost to fight fire or go to a vehicle accident on the roadway. Why are you that stupid or you must be an A$$BURROW idiot!!! Carnivals and dinners are the only means to make money to purchase equipment and pay electric except what the county / town funds....which is not that much.....you are the only whiner so no apology needed from anyone else!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. Murphy and sorry you have to deal with people like this.

Anonymous said...

Is that Mike Murphy guy from the shore ?

Anonymous said...

You're too stupid to even debate this with. I pray that Verizon tells you and your sissy fire department to fuck off and they don't do the work at all. Why do you think you deserve a reduced price or for it to be done for free. Don't give me a bunch of crap about "volunteering" your time. No one is impressed. Verizon is not a "volunteer" organization. They are a BUSINESS. They are there to MAKE MONEY. If they reduce your cost or help you out, be grateful. However, you and your department are flat out ASSHOLES for trying to bully and intimidate them on social media just because you don't get your way. It is a sad state of affairs when a volunteer service organization attacks a business because they want something for free or at a reduced cost. The sense of entitlement from your department is beyond ridiculous. Read the comments. I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Anonymous said...

You are such an idiot. Let me quote you, you said "carnivals and dinners are the only means to make money to purchase equipment and pay electric". How the fuck do you think Verizon makes money? By charging to do work that people need done!! That's how they MAKE MONEY!!! Why is it ok for you guys to make money but Verizon has to lower fees or do it for free? You are absolutely wrong on this. YOU are the one who wants to move, YOU are the one who wants the lines moved. Verizon doesn't need to move the lines. They work fine where they are now. Because you made a decision to move, now everyone is supposed to stop everything they are doing to accommodate you? And..,do it for free? You guys are the very definition of selfish and narcacistic

Anonymous said...

I doubt that Verizon is trying to make a profit from doing the work. But I do not think they should LOSE money either.

Fiber optic does not always mean faster internet (FIOS) is available. The fiber optic is used to carry phone calls, and other digital data.

According to the man from Verizon, the fire company is not asking Verizon to move lines to their NEW building, but rather move Verizon equipment FROM (or under) the new site. Why did the fire company buy property and locate their new building on the site, KNOWING IN ADVANCE that phone equipment would have to be moved?

Anonymous said...

I bet I could cut $75,000 out of your new building plans, without degrading your ability to fight fires or do any other rescue work. I bet there are more than a few frills in the plans that are not directly linked to firefighting and rescue work. What say you post the plans, and let us see just what you are wanting to build.

By the way, does the fire company get any money from taking care of the PRECIOUS PONIES?

Should churches get free phone service from Verizon, after all, they take care of precious SOULS?

Anonymous said...

Great post!!! You're right. I guarantee you there are frills.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chincoteague VFD:

Cat got your tongues? Keyboards frozen up? Or are you taking the frills out of the plans before you post them?