The Globe reports Mayor Walsh is promising something big in Boston when it comes to high-speed Internet access, although he declined to get specific:
After his comments to the MassTLC audience, Walsh wouldn’t expand on his fiber plans, except to say that he’s working on it.
And, unfortunately, the devil's in the details. Somebody would have to install a lot of fiber around Boston.
The city of Boston doesn't really own a lot of fiber on its own - something discovered by the people who worked on
John Tobin's Tom Menino's citywide WiFi plan (remember that?). There's a Fire Department trunk that runs from City Hall to the fire-alarm building in the Fenway. The Transportation Department has a larger network connecting many traffic signals around town, but the WiFI planners found it wasn't really built for major expansion - and it still misses large parts of the city.
Verizon has long declined to extend its FiOS into Boston. Google took a pass on wiring Boston. There's RCN, but that company doesn't serve all of the city.
There is one company with an extensive fiber network across Boston - one the city, in fact, uses to connect most municipal buildings. But you'd hardly expect Comcast to just let the city set up a competing high-speed Internet system on its own network.