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New cable competition in Boston

Last updated: 8/18/17

New cable competition in Boston

A new City cable licensing process will give 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.

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.

Want to add your opinion about the cable licensing process in Boston, or get added to our email updates list? Complete this form, call us at 617-635-3112, or email us at

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


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.

More resources

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: