JP Not in First Wave of Long-Awaited Verizon Fios Rollout

Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston, Bob Mudge, EVP & President of Verizon’s Wireline Network Operations, Mayor Martin Walsh, City of Boston, Dan Koh, Chief of Staff, City of Boston, Jerome Smith, Chief of Civic Engagement, City of Boston, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston, Alessandra Brown, Program Manager at Roxbury Innovation Center, Donna Cupelo, Regional President of New England, Verizon Communications

City of Boston photo by Bethany Versoy

Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston, Bob Mudge, EVP & President of Verizon’s Wireline Network Operations, Mayor Martin Walsh, City of Boston, Dan Koh, Chief of Staff, City of Boston, Jerome Smith, Chief of Civic Engagement, City of Boston, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston, Alessandra Brown, Program Manager at Roxbury Innovation Center, Donna Cupelo, Regional President of New England, Verizon Communications

Former Mayor Tom Menino famously never cut a deal to bring Verizon Internet service to the city. But the “new” mayor has done so. The long-awaited move spells the eventual end of Comcast’s virtual monopoly in Boston.

“Boston is moving faster than our current infrastructure can support, and a modern fiber-optic communications platform will make us a next-level city,” Mayor Marty Walsh said in a press statement. “Additionally, it is a priority to ensure that every resident has expanded access to broadband and increasing competition is critical to reaching that goal.”

Rollout of Verizon Fios service would begin this year in Dudley Square, Dorchester and West Roxbury. Jamaica Plain is scheduled to be in the second wave along with Hyde Park, Mattapan and part of Roxbury’s outside Dudley.

Verizon claims that residents can have a say in moving their neighborhood higher up the priority list. Go to this Verizon website where you can vote (after confirming your physical address and giving an email address and phone number.)

Verizon has promised to invest $300 million in Boston over the next six years, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The announcement comes on the eve of a possible strike by 40,000 Verizon workers. According to CNN, most of the would-be strikers are in the communication giant’s traditional phone service business.

Screen grab of Verizon website about Fios service in Boston.

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Screen grab of Verizon website about Fios service in Boston.

  • It’s about bloody time. When the second wave hits I’ll have to consider whether or not it’s time to leave Comcast, but I don’t know if I will.

  • Patty

    Maybe Comcast will lower their exorbitant fees that they impose on customers. It is about time they had some competition!

  • Paul

    Maybe instead of celebrating we should look at how greedy Verizon is screwing it’s work force