Cable competition in Boston
In 2016, Mayor Martin J. Walsh created a new process for licensing cable companies. We’re looking for companies that have fair prices and great services. We're taking proposals from companies that offer:
- low-cost cable and internet service
- services across Boston, including in low-income and public housing
- benefits for seniors, low-income homes, and people with disabilities
- support for public access and programs, and
- services to connect public schools and City buildings through our fiber optic network. Learn more about Boston’s fiber optic network.
We work with every cable company in the City on licensing agreements. You can find documents related to Verizon, Comcast, and RCN at the bottom of this page.
The City amended the Verizon cable television license in July 2018. The carrier will now be expanding its service to offer Fios in all neighborhoods in Boston. Learn more in our press release. We also created a map of Verizon Fios service areas.
We extended Comcast's cable license with the City until 2020. As part of the deal, Comcast will continue to offer discounts to seniors with existing plans. They will also offer new senior customers discounted internet services.
- Second amendment to Verizon License and report (November 2018)
- Verizon cable television license
- First amendment to Verizon cable television license
- Boston-Verizon cooperation agreement
- City of Boston Issuing Authority Report cover letter
- City of Boston Issuing Authority Report
- Boston-Verizon Form 100 cover letter
- Boston-Verizon Form 100