The current outage of HD serivce (without subscriber notices ) in the Northeast is a watershed moment for Verizon. They have failed miserably and unless their management does a root cause analysis of what went wrong and how they responded to their customers - then they should all be replaced. Other subscribers have remarked how a simple announcement on the phone or a blast email to its customers or a trailer on the TV channels announcing the problem would have saved thousands of calls and wasted minutes and frustration. That is simple public utility 101 communication basics.
Futhermore, this outage has proven how not user friendly their instructions to subscribers are. The phone tree announcement tells subscribers if you are missing channels above channel 49, use your controller to find "Home Agent"" and resolve the problem. I would like a any Verizon staffter who isnot a "techy" to know where to find that. It is buried at the bottom of the option list when one hits menu.
I have always been a champion of Verizon for its wireless service and tech support for Internet FIOS issues. But this experience has so turned me off , I no longer can recommend FIOS. As said, the complete public relations disaster of how they have handled this should be a wake up call to Verizon that they have a serious problem in customer relations . It is unfortunate since the product is so good. But, in this day an age, technical product prowess is worthless if it is not packed by equivalent support. Verizon - you failed. Be ashamed.