After lengthy, closed door negotiations between Mayor Bloomberg and Verizon, the city today announced they've agreed to Verizon's citywide franchise plan. The agreement obviously gives Verizon the green light to offer FiOSTV to NYC residents, while the city gets 5% of revenues -- (a line item bill fee you'll pay, not Verizon). Verizon is promising they'll deliver FiOS to every home in the city by 2014:
quote:"Our investment in the City is historic, which is reflected in the citywide nature of our plan," Azare said. "When our fiber deployment project is completed it will reach to each and every borough, neighborhood, boulevard, avenue and street, without regard to the demographics of a particular area. More importantly, City residents will be able to take advantage of the power of fiber optics delivered straight to their doors."
Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News has been doing a good job tracking the particulars of the agreement, noting that while there's deployment milestones in place, the specific wording of the agreement allows for the deadlines to be extended or wiggled around with enough lawyer elbow grease. Given Verizon's skill at wiggling out of fiber coverage requirements, you should take any promises with a massive grain of NaCl. Verizon is also proposing a $200 early termination fee, and Gonzalez suggests that Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens residents shouldn't get too excited just yet:
quote:Verizon plans to offer its FiOS TV service to virtually all Staten Island and nearly 60% of Manhattan residents by the end of this year, according to a copy of the company's proposal obtained by the Daily News. On the other hand, FiOS will be available to less than 10% of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens this year. Most people in those boroughs won't be able to buy it until at least 2011.
Given these meetings were conducted between Verizon and NYC in private, there hasn't been a shred of real public debate over the agreement, which now needs approval from the city's Franchise and Concession Review Committee and the New York Public Service Commission.
I signed up last week in Rosedale, Queens and I'm lovin it, but it would be nice if they hurried up with the FIOSTV so I can ditch Directv already.
But I'm afraid once all is said and done, not only will all of NYC have FiOS, our bills will double as well. Talk about a FiOS monopoly...
2008-Apr-29 4:48 pm: ·
Straphanger Express is Back Premium,Mod join:2001-12-08 Whitestone, NY kudos:2
Re: FiOS is more gooder than TwC
This most likely will not mean lower rates at all, especially with the recent price increases Verizon has rolled out. It's a nice theory to challenge TWC but I still don't think the consumer will win out in the end. -- Please use all available doors...you have 33 to choose from.
2008-Apr-29 4:57 pm: ·
KrK Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy Premium join:2000-01-17 Tulsa, OK
where I live in PA there is a lot of telecom theft (tapping into someone else's phone to get free services). if Verizon is worried about loosing money they need to crack down on people that are stealing or lock their access panels to prevent this. now I have someone listening in to my phone calls.
I mean really. Who gives a big RATS a$$? Now, if they said all 10 markets (or whatever ever the small number is, I pulled 1o out of my rear) they are deployed in, then it might just get back page press.
That's my point. They have spent BILLIONS on deployment and they haven't even scratched the surface. I mean, look at where they are. NY, NJ. Why not Chicago, Detroit, Ft Worth. LA... The numbers in those places says a lot. They don't seem to be too quick in marketing FiOS in places where "other" providers already have the market nailed down. Heck, AT&T's U-verse will end up catching up and passing number of customers in a couple of years.
2008-Apr-30 8:37 pm: ·
Dogfather Premium join:2007-12-26 Laguna Hills, CA
I remember Pennsylvania got similar promises
And we know how all that worked out.
2008-Apr-29 6:39 pm: ·
Tzale Proud Libertarian Conservative Premium join:2004-01-06 NYC Metro
It worked great. I can call Verizon and order a T3 tomorrow if I want.
You obviously aren't familiar with what Chapter 30 required. T3 doesn't meet the requirements.
Chapter 30 required the speed on their ACCESS LINES and in addition those speeds had to be available within 5 days of customer order which Verizon doesn't do for Tx services.
And they were happy to make the agreement because at the time Bell was planning FTTP but abandoned it »newscenter.verizon.com/press-rel···29607541 . Later on, VZ claimed at ADSL meets the Chap 30 requirements even though it doesn't.
Of course even Verizon isn't silly enough to say that a T3 would comply »www22.verizon.com/about/communit···dex.html and they acknowledge that to this day they still don't comply with Chap 30 by virtue of their loop limitation disclaimers at the bottom of the page. Meanwhile their ADSL DSL services don't meet the Chapter 30 definition of broadband anyway being Chapter 30 defined broadband at 1.5/1.5.
I am a technician in South Florida(former BellSouth territory-now AT&T's). Who does the installations and repairs for Verizon's FIOS? Is it done by Union represented techs or non-union represented techs? Another question-does Verizon use premise techs(from NID to CPE) and facility techs(from NID to C.O.)? Or both? I am VERY interested in knowing. THANKS! Sincerely, fellow Union represented tech in South Florida.
2008-Apr-30 12:00 am: ·
Pathfinder Dazed Confused Premium join:2000-03-26 Mount Vernon, NY