Mayors push to expand Verizon Fios to multiple cities

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - It promises to offer blazing fast, reliable internet service with a smooth connection. But according to Mayor Byron Brown many cities are being left behind.

Brown and mayors from 14 major cities, including Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and NYC, all expressed a growing frustration with a lack of Fios availability in their communities.

“This is something I find that is happening in other parts of the country,” Brown told 7 Eyewitness News.

In the letter sent to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, the mayors claim the internet and phone provider in some cases outright refuses to install the fiber optic system. Those city leaders claim the decision to exclude several cities impact more than 12 million people.

“For some reason urban communities in different parts of the state are not getting these services from Verizon,” Brown said.

A Verizon spokesman we spoke with says the claims addressed by the mayors are “all non-sense.” Rich Young with Verizon said, in part, “There is absolutely no news in this letter. In all areas where Verizon has franchises and agreed to deploy Fios, we have met or surpassed the deployment obligations."

In the past Verizon has said it has a number of commitments already on the books in other places and can’t bring service to everyone all at once.

Mayor Brown says he will continue to push Verizon with the hope the company will one day extend Fios service to the city. 




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