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Cable competition in Boston

The City's cable licensing process gives consumers more options. We’re making sure residents have choices when it comes to cable services.

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.
Still have questions? Contact:
Broadband and Cable
43 Hawkins Street
Suite 1B
Boston, MA 02114

give your opinion

Have something to say about the new licensing process? Want to get added to our distribution list? You can:

Cable companies

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.


RCN offers cable and Internet services in some neighborhoods in the City of Boston. ​RCN has a basic rate for seniors for $10 a month, and an overall Basic Rate of $17.50. Call 800-RING-RCN for more information.