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 wouldnâ€™t expand on his fiber plans, except to say that heâ€™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.
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