I am a fan of Verizon FiOS as indicated by the blogs we have posted about this high speed fiber optic offering. No matter what, we need to have choices and at the same time save money on internet access. Comcast has slammed customers with expensive internet and cable TV prices. It’s time that customers have better choices!

From Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

New York regulators have raised the possibility of banning Verizon Communications Inc. from installing its fiber-optic FiOS service in New York City until the company makes sure it’s doing enough to provide electrical grounding for its equipment in homes.

Poorly grounded equipment or cables could give electrical shocks or start fires, but there have been no reports of FiOS equipment causing harm to people or property, Verizon said.

The New York State Public Service Commission, which regulates telecommunications, has been dogging Verizon on the electrical issue since 2006, and the staff concluded in a report to the commission last week that the company’s remedies don’t go far enough.

New York is the only state to have raised these concerns, but Verizon is installing FiOS in 15 others.

New York can have a bone to pick about grounding issues with Verizon FiOS, but remove the monopoly of having one company to provide what many of us depend on, internet and TV services!