New England Council member Verizon recently announced plans to build a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network in Boston. The project represents an investment of more than $300 million by Verizon and will take place over the next six years.
The company will work its way through Boston neighborhood by neighborhood replacing its current copper-based network with fiber-optic cables, which offer exponentially higher bandwidth and speeds. The project will help to strengthen the technological innovation happening throughout Boston while also increasing competition and choice for entertainment and broadband services. While this is the latest telecommunications innovation in Boston, it is certainly not the first. In fact, the world’s first residential telephone line was installed between Boston and Somerville in 1877.
“This transformation isn’t just about advanced new fiber optic technology – it’s about the innovative services this platform will allow people to create and use, today and in the future,” said Verizon Wireline Network President Bob Mudge.
“Boston is moving faster than our current infrastructure can support, and a modern fiber-optic communications platform will make us a next level city,” added Mayor Marty Walsh of the City of Boston, which is also a member of the New England Council.
The New England Council congratulates Verizon and Boston on the impressive investment and looks forward to even more innovation in Boston and throughout New England.