NYC Mayor Says He'll Push Verizon, Time Warner Cable Harder
Back in 2008 Verizon negotiated a closed-door agreement with then NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg, one Verizon strongly suggested would result in Verizon offering FiOS to 100% of the city by 2014
-- sort of. Fine print in the deal allowed Verizon to back away from that promise if they pay a few small fines and/or aren't seeing the kind of TV subscriber uptake they'd like. One of the few critics of this was then Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who is now Mayor of New York City.
Obviously distracted with other things during his initial time in office, de Blasio has finally as expected shifted his eyes toward Verizon, complaining recently
about Verizon's apparent lag in FiOS promises and the general lack of broadband competition in NYC, which makes getting access to broadband particularly hard on the poor. This week was "Internet week" here in NYC, and De Blaggio again fired a warning shot over the bow of city incumbents
"We're going to introduce more competition into the process, which is desperately needed," the mayor said. "We're going to reexamine our franchise agreements—including with Verizon Fios and Time Warner Cable—to hold them accountable for providing the kind of service they're obligated to."
Granted talk is cheap, but government actually holding companies accountable for what they promise to do would be a unique and novel tactic in the industry.