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Verizon seeks citywide Fios for all Boston neighborhoods

July 18, 2018

Cable and Broadband

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Broadband and Cable

The amendment to Verizon's license will bring Fios to every neighborhood.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston and Verizon are seeking to amend the Verizon cable television license to offer FiOS in all neighborhoods in Boston.

“With this amendment, we’re expanding access to broadband choice in all of Boston’s neighborhoods and communities,” said Mayor Walsh. “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 Boston’s copper-based infrastructure with a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that offers fast broadband  speeds.  Verizon has been constructing their network in their 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.

“Increasing competition and choice for broadband and TV services in Boston has been a long-term goal of the Walsh administration,” said the City’s interim Chief Information Officer, Patricia Boyle McKenna. “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.”

The second amendment will also expand the amount of fiber that Verizon provides to the City of Boston to connect schools, support the delivery of City services, and enhance public safety communications systems.  The license and amendment and other documents related to the licensing process are available online at boston.gov/fios.

"Boston has welcomed FiOS, and the superior service, competition and choice Verizon delivers, with open arms," said New England Region President, Donna Cupelo. "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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