The agreement will also expand the amount of fibre that Verizon provides to support the delivery of city services as well as connect schools
The city of Boston and Verizon are seeking to amend the telecom firm’s cable television license to enable it to offer its bundled home communication service, Fios, in all neighbourhoods of the city.
“With this amendment, we’re expanding access to broadband choice in all of Boston’s neighborhoods and communities,” said Martin Walsh, mayor of the city. “Now, all Boston residents will have a choice of providers for fast and affordable broadband.”
In April 2016, the city announced a partnership with Verizon to replace its copper-based infrastructure with a state-of-the-art fibre-optic network that offers fast broadband speeds.
Verizon has been constructing its network in the original service area of Dorchester, Dudley Square in Roxbury and West Roxbury and last year, Verizon doubled that area to also include Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, all of Roxbury, as well as parts of South Boston and the Waterfront.
This second amendment will get all of Boston served, including East Boston, Mission Hill, Allston, Brighton, Back Bay, Charlestown, Fenway, Beacon Hill, and parts of South Boston not already served by Verizon Fios.
The second amendment will also expand the amount of fibre that Verizon provides to Boston to connect schools, support the delivery of city services, and enhance public safety communications systems.
“Increasing competition and choice for broadband and TV services in Boston has been a long-term goal of the Walsh administration,” said Patricia Boyle McKenna, the city’s interim chief information officer.
“Verizon FiOS – citywide – provides all our residents with options and, ultimately, helping to lower costs and make broadband access affordable to more families and businesses.”
“Boston has welcomed FiOS, and the superior service, competition and choice Verizon delivers, with open arms,” added Donna Cupelo. President, New England Region.
“Since we introduced FiOS in Boston in 2017, we’ve almost doubled available data speed, and now offer our Fios gigabit connection service. Our teams are outside everyday transforming Boston’s technology foundation.”
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