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Verizon extends deadline, offers service to some rural roamers it had forced to leave its network

Verizon extends deadline, offers service to some rural roamers it had forced to leave its network
Last week, we told you about 8,500 rural Verizon customers that were being forced to leave the nation's largest carrier. Because these customers live in areas where the Verizon network doesn't reach, the LTEiRA program entitled them to free roaming over pipelines belong to smaller, rural carriers. But Verizon still had to pay these tiny wireless operators, and the result was that Verizon was taking in from its LTEiRA customers less than what it was paying out in roaming charges. As a result, Verizon was planning on removing these customers starting on October 18th.

As we told you last week, some of these people were going to be stuck since they had no other place to turn to for wireless service. The local community carriers are not accepting new subscribers, and other major carriers do not have service in these areas. Additionally, some of the LTEiRA customers are first responders who dearly need their wireless connection to perform their duties and save lives.

Today, Verizon's director of corporate communications, Kelly L. Crummey, sent out an email in which he announced that Big Red is extending the deadline to December 1st for the 8,500 affected Verizon customers to find a new wireless operator. If a customer has no alternative carrier to sign up with, Verizon will offer them the option of signing up for one of the following Verizon plans: S (2 GB), M (4 GB), 5 GB single line or L (8 GB). Those signing up to a Verizon plan must do so before December 1st.

source: Verizon

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