Verizon sets first Boston FTTP deployments

July 11, 2016
Verizon has announced where it plans to begin deploying fiber to the premises (FTTP) infrastructure in Boston. The first neighborhoods should begin receiving Fios services via the FTTP network late this year.

Verizon has announced where it plans to begin deploying fiber to the premises (FTTP) infrastructure in Boston. The first neighborhoods should begin receiving Fios services via the FTTP network late this year.

The service provider and Boston city officials signed an agreement this past April that would see Verizon upgrade the city's broadband infrastructure (see "Verizon to bring FiOS FTTP network to Boston"). Verizon subsequently took a page out of Google Fiber's playbook and split up the city into "fiber zones," within four groups (see the graphic above). It invited residents in those neighborhoods those neighborhoods in Group A to express interest online in receiving service, with an eye toward prioritizing where it would build first.

Based on the input it received, Verizon has announced the following deployment schedule:

  • Construction will begin in Fiber Zone A6, the northwest portion of West Roxbury, which expressed the greatest interest. Verizon says it will begin FTTP deployment this September, with an eye toward launching services in parts of A6 late 2016 this year. Fiber cable build outs in the zone will continue into 2017.
  • The Dudley Square Innovation District, part of Fiber Zone A8 in Roxbury, will also be among the first built targets, with Fios service available by year's end as well.
  • Construction in Fiber Zone A7 in Roslindale, Fiber Zone A1 in Dorchester, and Fiber Zone A5, the southeastern part of West Roxbury, will begin later this year. Fios services are expected to be available in portions of these zones by the end of 2016, with expansion continuing in 2017.
  • New construction in remaining Fiber Zones A2, A3, and A4 in Dorchester will start next year, with services launching by the end of 2017.

Online input is now being collected for Group B, where Verizon expects to begin fiber roll outs in 2018. The service provider did not share plans for the other groups, other than to say that the complete roll out should take 5 or 6 years and approximately $300 million.

The company says it has already begun initial preparations for the deployment, including surveying existing Verizon conduit and utility poles and installing larger transport cables.

Verizon plans to use the fiber-optic broadband infrastructure to provide internet, TV, voice, enhanced wireless, and "Smart Communities" services. Provision of the TV service is contingent on the acquisition of a valid license from the city.

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