Welcome to the last Gigabites in July. In this edition, Verizon hypes its wireline ambitions again, Cruzio Internet moves forward with gigabit plans in Santa Cruz, EPB plans for a leadership change and more.
Second, Verizon's interest in deploying new wireline networks comes less from wanting to offer additional FTTH residential services, and more from the telco's ambitions in 5G and the Internet of Things. During his company's earnings report, McAdam highlighted Verizon's surprise decision in April to bring Fios to Boston, noting that "the farther we push out fiber into the network, the more small cell technology works for us." In the Fios agreement with Boston, Verizon is also gaining new right-of-way access for installing wireless equipment, and it will use its network to begin testing out new smart cities applications. (See Verizon Drops Wireline Clues as Strike Ends and Verizon Throws Surprise FiOS Party for Boston.)
On the earnings call, McAdam also mentioned Verizon's recent work in San Francisco ahead of the last Super Bowl, where the telco built out further wireline infrastructure to support wireless Internet traffic.
Cruzio says it will begin construction on the network immediately, and that it aims to offer gigabit service for the comparatively low price of $50 per month. (See Gigabites: Santa Cruz Revs Up Wireless Gig.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading