TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The AARP wants New Jersey regulators to investigate Verizon’s plan not to bring wired phone lines back to one shore town badly battered by superstorm Sandy.
The group made the request Monday to the state Board of Public Utilities.READ MORE: NYPD: 5 People Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In Upper Manhattan
“The New Jersey coast has been battered enough. The last thing we need is second-class phone service at the shore,” AARP lobbyist Douglas Johnston said in a statement. He added that not bringing landlines back to Mantoloking could “further the gap between the telecommunications haves and have-nots.”
“It doesn’t support medical alert devices,” AARP New York spokesman Bill Ferris told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.