Verizon accused of forcing customers to Internet phones

Customers enter a Verizon wireless store in New York.
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Verizon Communications is accused of forcing customers in Southern California to switch from traditional phone lines to voice-over-Internet connections, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Utility Reform Network (TURN) filed and emergency motion asking the Public Utilities Commission to look into consumer complaints, the newspaper said.

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In 2012, a law was passed to free voice-over-Internet connections from government regulations, but the law banned phone providers to force its customers to switch from their regular phone lines to phone-over-the Internet lines, which uses broadband Internet connection to make phone calls, the Times explained.

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Verizon's spokesman Jarryd Gonzales told the newspaper that Verizon is reviewing TURN's claims and that the company "remains focused on providing our customers with the best possible service."

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