In Europe and Asia (and in good ol' Kansas City right here in USA) special machines run fiber through the sewers and other underground facilities, without digging anything up. Amsterdam has multiple providers done in the same way.
New Yorkers could have a choice of a half-dozen or more good competitive providers, all paying fees to the city and providing choice to consumers; naturally Moneybags Mikey would not like that kind of "free enterprise." But he's going to be gone very soon. How nice it would be if his demise included the extinction of Verizon lies and deception too, and real choice for New Yorkers.