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An Urban Fiber-Optic Challenge / Verizon to Use Dorchester

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 5 Nov 2006 14:44:33 -0500

Verizon to use Dorchester as a test site for bringing high-speed Net
into cities

By Keith Reed, Globe Staff | November 2, 2006

Verizon Communications Inc. is installing fiber-optic Internet service
in Dorchester, using Boston's biggest, and one of its most diverse
neighborhoods, as a test site for the challenges the company will face
in bringing "FiOS" to urban areas nationwide.

But relatively few Dorchester residents will be able to get the
high-speed service, which promises download speeds up to 10 times
faster than Verizon's popular digital subscriber line service, any
time soon. Verizon says installation is moving at a snail's pace
because it's harder to run lines in an urban setting than in the neat,
suburban grids where most of the more than 100,000 Massachusetts
residents live who already subscribe to FiOS.

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