NYC Could Sue Verizon Over Slow FiOS Rollout

New York City is going after Verizon, claiming that the operator is years behind its agreed FiOS rollout targets in the five boroughs.

The city says that Verizon was supposed to be able to offer the fiber optic service to every household that its copper phone lines passed by the end of 2014. Verizon claimed in 2015 that it had met the terms of the original deal. (See Verizon FiOS Slows Down Again.)

Ars Technica has posted the letter that the Department of Transport has sent Verizon. The letter says that as of October 2015 there were at least 38,551 properties that had been waiting for more than a year following an initial installation request. (See Gigabites: 'No Boundary' on Verizon Fiber Expansion.)

The city reportedly sent Verizon the notice of default on Tuesday. The letter gives Verizon 30 days to respond.

"It is unfortunate and disappointing that the City is taking an adversarial approach to the only company that has challenged New York City's cable monopolies... The City should be working with Verizon to make choice available to more residents, not discouraging competition," a Verizon rep told The Consumerist.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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