Public Knowledge statement: http://publicknowledge.org/verizon-replace-sandy-ravaged-copper-voice-link
And so it begins . . . .
2010: There is a hole, in your network . . . .
2011: Keep this up, and soon you won't have a PSTN with which to interconnect . . . .
2012: AT&T filed a petition today to "begin a dialog" on the end of the Public Switched Telephone Network and to commence a series of pilot programs . . . .
2013: We have come to require Verizon to offer a comparable service, at Just and Reasonable rates in accordance with Title II of the Communications Act . . .
(For those who don't get the reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxdLult6YKU)