According to TelephonyOnline.com
Verizon's use of of a battery backup at every single ONT in every single home, could turn out to be a problem for them in the future. Verizon treats the battery as a courtesy to the customer. Once the battery goes, it is up to the customer to replace it. That is fine when the power works, but in the event of a black, out any battery over 4 years old(Verizon states batteries will last four years) will not work and need to be replaced at the customer's expense. To make matters worse, TelephonyOnline.com thinks that having batteries replaced by un-trained customers will only backfire, as most will probably opt not to change them. If there is a blackout, this could be a huge PR failure for Verizon. Think how cell phone towers failed to work when old battery backups failed to keep towers going.
[quote:394a6egs]When it runs down and is due for replacement, guess who is supposed to change the battery? The customer! Think about this for a minute. Years ago, with deregulation, the telcos got out of the customer premise equipment (CPE) business. Customers could buy phones and plug them into wall jacks. The telco is responsible for operation and maintenance of the telephone line up to the network interface device (NID) on the side of the house. With FiOS, Verizon will not dispatch a technician if the battery fails, only if something happens to the ONT. Verizon pitched FiOS to the industry and Wall St. on the basis of massive opex savings because PON eliminates the electronics, ergo maintenance, in the local loop. With FiOS, Verizon is actually creating millions of potential failure points in its network. Leaving all that in the hands of untrained and unprepared customers is a huge risk that makes no sense, especially in the face of cable alternatives[/quote]Click here for full story from TelephonyOnline.com
[i:394a6egs]Verizon ONT and Battery Backup[/i:394a6egs]