Can you steal Fios service?

Published April 4, 2012

Walking along the parklandish stretch behind my house (and the houses of my neighbors), I found an odd black cable just laying on the ground. It was labeled something like “Corning Fiber Optic Whatchamacallit.”

I followed it to a Verizon box in the ground:

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Then I followed it the other way, till I saw it go into a neighbor’s backyard and up to his house.

Now, if this was plain ol’ cable I can see how easy it would be to steal. But this is fiber, and I would suspect it’s Verizon’s Fios service. I don’t think you can just plug into it the way you would with copper wire. But what do I know?

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