Verizon is now offering its Fios broadband and video services suite to customers in the Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Boston as part of the telco’s $300 million agreement with the city to create an alternative broadband source to cable MSO incumbent Comcast.
Residents in Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park will be able to order Verizon Fios Internet, TV and phone services and can visit www.verizon.com/BostonFios to check Fios availability at a specific address and to sign up for email updates as the network
Verizon began its Fios rollout in Boston last December, offering service initially in parts of Dorchester, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Roxbury (including the Dudley Square Innovation District), and continues construction and expansion in these neighborhoods.
"Since we introduced Fios in Boston late last year we’ve almost doubled available data speed, and now offer our Fios Gigabit Connection service,” said Donna Cupelo, president of Verizon’s New England region, in a release.
In order to attract more customers to purchase Fios, Verizon is offering Boston residents Fios Triple Play Bundles, featuring Fios Gigabit Connection internet with speeds up to 940/880 Mbps, TV and phone, at a promotional price of $69.99 per month for 2 years. Similar to the process used by its wireless division to lure customers onto its network, Verizon Fios is offering customers that want to opt out of an existing cable or satellite TV provider contract up to a $500 credit to help offset any early termination fees.
Verizon’s Boston Fios build is different than other builds it has done in other parts of its wireline territory in that it is designed to serve a number of other purposes including business services, a foundation for 4G and 5G wireless backhaul and smart city applications.
But providing network connectivity is only one part of Verizon’s work with the city.
A $50,000 grant was awarded by the Verizon Foundation to nonprofit Tech Goes Home to support entrepreneurs in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods with small business training at the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation Computer Learning Center and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.
The program includes digital tools to enhance management, marketing, and sales; the option to purchase a new tablet or laptop for $50; and assistance improving English-language skills.