New York City sues Verizon for not completing citywide fiber network [telecom]

New York City sues Verizon for not completing citywide fiber network

by Catherine Shu

New York City has slapped Verizon with a lawsuit that claims the telecommunications conglomerate broke a 2008 contract to provide citywide fiber coverage, depriving residents of competitively priced options for better television and internet service.

In a statement, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "Verizon must face the consequences for breaking the trust of 8.5 million New Yorkers. Verizon promised that every household in the city would have access to its fiber-optic FiOS service by 2014. It's 2017 and we're done waiting. No corporation - no matter how large or powerful - can break a promise to New Yorkers and get away with it."

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