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f_goldstein
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f_goldstein,
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12/26/2016 | 1:25:24 PM
Reality vs. hype
I smell a lot of hype here. VZ told Boston that they were finally getting FiOS. But they told Wall Street (where lying is punishable) that they're actually doing wireless densification, with FTTH only in part of the city. And they actually installed FiOS in some areas during the last decade, but it just sat there because they didn't get a video franchise from the previous mayor. So now they've turned on service in a few neighborhoods, probably existing fiber. In other parts of the city they're doing fiber to the street light, where they'll put microcells, probably including millimeter wave (have fun through the trees and buildings).

The city itself already has a conduit network and fiber to a lot of intersections. They reserved "shadow conduit" rights in some builds. VZ may end up in some places that don't have city fiber, but I don't see the Boston Traffic Dept. wanting to run its system on anything with a public Internet connection. And I doubt Verizon has a clue about such security needs.
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kq4ym,
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12/23/2016 | 4:48:03 PM
Re: Plenty of data
It will be interesting to see how the smart city plays out in Boston. Even with the intall of fiber I'm wondering how that will affect the current fact "one in five households still doesn't have broadband access in the city today." I'm not convinced that fiber alone is necessarily a contributing factor or getting to a "smart city" that will lead to increasing the 20 percent who don't have high speed access. 
steve q
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steve q,
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12/12/2016 | 11:50:02 PM
Re: Plenty of data
How is Verizon planning going to help Boston when they have an internet service provider that will give every customer a Wi-Fi access point when they are walking around the city. The only way for Verizon to push those customer is to provide a faster fiber service to everyone and even those that will not be able to the FiOS.  And the other way for Boston to be the best with the help of Verizon is in a form of information to those people using their smart phone or the new android auto and apple car play that is what we need to move to not the hope of the new 5g that is still in the testing stag.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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12/9/2016 | 1:18:14 PM
Plenty of data
Given the famous anarchy of Boston drivers, Verizon and the city should have plenty of chaotic data to chew on!


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