Verizon, the nation's second largest provider of landline phone service, is joining other telecommunications companies by no longer providing free backup batteries needed so its digital voice telephone service continues to operate during a blackout.The company said that as of early as December, new FiOS customers who want a backup battery will have to pay a one-time charge of $30, buy it elsewhere, or do without.During a blackout, FiOS customers without a battery, household generator, or some other type of backup power system will lose their landline voice service, including access to emergency 911. (Read our generator buying guide .)Verizon's decision comes about 14 months after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power to millions of homes and disrupted cell phone service in widespread areas."We will no longer provide the free 12-volt lead-acid battery. We'll begin the policy later this month or early January," says Verizon spokesman William Kula. New FiOS business customers will continue t...
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