Mayor Walsh today announced a deal in which Verizon will spend $300 million to bring its FiOS fiber-optic cable/Internet service to Boston.
Under the deal, the company will also attach wireless modems to city street lights and utility poles to provide better 4G and eventually 5G services to its wireless customers.
Verizon had been locked in a death battle with former Mayor Menino and, aside from one small section of Dorchester, famously refused to have anything to do with wired broadband faster than DSL speeds in Boston.
The build out, planned to take six years, could end Comcast's effective monopoly in the parts of the city it currently serves alone - and could put added pressure on RCN, which provides broadband and cable TV in roughly a third of the city.
According to the mayor's office:
Initially, the project will begin in Dorchester, West Roxbury and the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury in 2016, followed by Hyde Park, Mattapan, and other areas of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. The city has also agreed to provide an expedited permitting process to encourage this build.
But Verizon says it will speed delivery to areas where residents and business owners vote the most for their neighborhoods.
In addition to licensing the use of city poles and rights of way, Boston also has to sign a formal license with Verizon to allow its cable TV signals to beam across its cables.