Verizon in partnership with the city council of Boston plans to upgrade its copper-based fixed network to 100% fiber-based FIOS network across the city. The operator pledges to invest $300 million over the next six years for the project.
The project will initially begin in Dorchester, West Roxbury and the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury in 2016, followed by Hyde Park, Mattapan, and other areas of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. The city has agreed to provide an expedited permitting process to encourage this build.
The partnership will also improve wireless services in Boston by enabling Verizon to attach wireless equipment to city street lights and utility poles, helping residents get fast, reliable mobile service.
The partnership also includes a Smart City trial that will address traffic safety and congestion along the Massachusetts Avenue Vision Zero Priority Corridor. The city and Verizon will experiment with sensors and advanced traffic signal control technology to increase safety, measure bicycle traffic, improve public transit vehicle flow, and decrease congestion.