Some Boston residents looking for a new cable provider now have another option thanks to Mayor Marty Walsh's move to issue a license to Verizon New England.
The city announced in April that it would partner with Verizon to bring its fiber-optic network to Boston in a $300 million project.The license issued on Tuesday covers three neighborhoods: Dorchester, the Dudley Square area in Roxbury and West Roxbury, according to the city.
The next phase of the project will expand Verizon servicetoHyde Park, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and other areas of Roxbury.
"Boston will continue to grow and thrive, and Boston's residents need fast, reliable communications services built on the latest technologies," Walsh said in a statement."I look forward to working with Verizon to bring more choice and upgraded technology to Boston's residents and businesses."
Since the start of the project, Verizon has installed enoughfiber-optic wiring to provide service to 25,000 homes and businesses. With the signing of this license, Verizon is set to start selling Fios service before the end of 2016.
"This shows what's possible when the public and private sector are both willing to try a new approach to deploying fiber-optic technology," Bob Mudge, executive vice president for Strategic Initiatives at Verizon, said in a statement.
The project, which will span six years in total, will offer "enormous bandwidth and speeds," according to the statement.
Verizon said in April thatits FiOS Internet service’s premium package "delivers download speeds up to 500 megabits per second — allowing users to download a TV show in about four seconds, or an entire movie in about 12, according to company estimates."