New 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.
In 2016, Verizon announced their interest in joining our fiber optic network expansion. They also offered to help upgrade our system.
You can find out more about the license on our wireless networks page.
- Verizon hearing, December 1, 2016 (video)
- Verizon Hearing December 1, 2016 (transcript)
- Verizon FiOS public comment - December 1, 2016
- Verizon hearing, December 1, 2016 (agenda)
- Verizon FiOS public comment - August 2, 2016
- Meeting on Verizon FiOS Cable License Application, August 2, 2016 (video) | Transcript
- Verizon cable television license
- Public Statement of CATV License to Verizon
- Verizon-Boston amended Form 100 Cover Letter and Application
- Verizon-Boston amended Form 100 Exhibits
- Verizon Boston IAR response
- Verizon-Boston IAR response exhibits 1 to 4
- City of Boston Issuing Authority Report cover letter
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.
Have something to say about the new licensing process? Want to get added to our distribution list? You can:
Learn more about the new licensing agreement:
- See our licensing notice to the Mass Department of Telecommunications and Cable
- view their approval of our waiver request, or
- see the City's solicitation of a CATV license.