Here we go again.
In 2010 I got Verizon FIOS. Some may recall that at the time I posted some pictures of their ditch digging equipment stuck in my back yard.
A few weeks ago I had my lawn irrigation system repaired. No new installation, just repaired the existing installation. Somehow that lead to the fiber optic cable being cut.
Now I have a $500 bill from Verizon for cable replacement. My contention is that they were careless in the initial cable installation, not taking care to bury it deep enough and route it around existing installations and protect it in any shape whatsoever (the cable is buried without a sleeve or anything).
Furthermore ,the people sending me the bill has nothing tying this to me. There was no consultation, no paperwork. So I'm not sure how this is going to end, but it is not going to be me paying this without a fight. I'm also not inclined to just toss this over the wall to the sprinkler company - they were nice people and it is a huge bill.
At the moment it is where the CMR people (whoever they are) will "maybe" get someone from Verizon to call me. I'm not holding my breath.
Anyone here has any information on how to dispute a 3rd-party bill just handed off like this? I don't want to get my credit rating dinged for non-payment, and I'm pretty happy to go to court to argue my case, but I don't want to get a collections/non-payment issue on my credit record - those I hear are very difficult to get off.
So, how do I conduct this business dispute?