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batye
batye
6/13/2016 5:19:25 AM
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Re: More Fiber To The Rescue!
@mhhf1ve interesting question... I would say it like the same devide between rich and poor... some cities have better access to latest technology due to the location :) - how I see it...

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
6/9/2016 7:03:47 PM
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More Fiber To The Rescue!
I'm wondering how/why cities that are already deploying lots of fiber (Kansas City, etc) aren't benefitting from being "smarter" yet?

And places like S Korea that have had much faster broadband for years.. do those places have any kind of head start? 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/3/2016 8:39:22 AM
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I love it!
Your information about how everything unfolded was great! I'm sure a lot of what happens in most businesses happens this way. That's why networking is so key. It will be interesting to see if other cities do follow suit (or if Verizon moves on to other cities.) I certainly hope so, I am honestly a little jealous that the Bostonians will get such an amazing opportunity. I've never been to Boston, and hold a little inborn resentment for the city as a whole - I come from a family of Yankees fans. We're taught early. ;-)

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Duh!
Duh!
6/2/2016 1:28:49 PM
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Gives and Gets
This is one of those rare cases where the city's needs align with Verizon's. 

This story lays out most of the "smaht" cities synergies.  What it misses is the value of the infrastructure deployment and partnership to Verizon's core wireless business. Cell densification is a strategic priority for VZW in Boston and other major metro areas.  The fiber infrastructure is key to that.  Rights to site antennas on city streetlights is a major kicker.

Given that VZ will be doing a fiber build-out in high density business areas like the Financial District and Seaport, it's not much of a stretch for them to include residential neighborhoods, like Dorchester and the South End, where people have been clamoring for an alternative to Comcast. 

The city is also promising to expedite permitting, which will allieviate a major drag on the fiber deployment project. Since large portions of the duct network are decrepit and/or congested. there is going to have to be a lot of new construction. Fortunately for Verizon, the Big Dig project forced them to build out fiber and duct facilities around the Central Artery/Southeast Espressway and MassPike Extention corridors.  That had to have helped project economics.

The city will also expedite video franchising.  Previously, the city overreached in their demands in return for the franchise, which caused Verizon to walk away in the mid-2000s.

Amusing story: According to the Boston Globe, the deal came together in typical Boston fashion (see the film "Spotlight" for a sense of how things come together in the city).  John Henry, business and civic leader and owner of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Globe, happens to be social friends with Lowell McAdam, as well as a close working relationship with Marty Walsh.  The machinery reportedly was set in motion in the Henry's dining room in the wealthy suburb of Brookline. Interesting to note how many improvements are conceived through the quiet machinations of civic-oriented business leaders, just like in the old days.

Overall, a win-win for the City of Boston and for VZ.  Unfortunately, it's too much based on Boston's unique circumstances to suggest that VZ plans to repeat in other major cities.

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Duh!
Duh!
6/2/2016 12:12:11 PM
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Re: Verizon Fiber Rollout
Your premise is not well informed.  Boston's Department of Information Technologies is quite pro-active in streamlining and providing visibility.  Among other things, Mayor Walsh has a prominent "dashboard" display on his office wall and has no hesitation about jumping in when a city service turns red.

Traffic and public transportation are one of the city's biggest chronic problems. Verizon's involvement in infrastructure and in facilitating R&D will be a great thing for the city.  Credit where credit is due.

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Michelle
Michelle
5/31/2016 4:18:25 PM
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Re: Priority
@faryl that sounds awful. We have pretty good light timings where I live (much smaller place than San Diego). Software upgrades and new signal standards already exist to help ease traffic flow. Seems crazy to keep with the old while the new and improved have been around a few years already.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
5/31/2016 12:44:21 PM
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Re: Priority
Similar to Boston, Newyork city is another perfect example to be benefitted with many initiative outlined as part of smart city effort. I do not know much about what is already in progress but i am very sure there are efforts currently in progress even in NYC.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
5/31/2016 11:31:18 AM
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Re: Getting up to speed
Yes I would love to stay posted on this! I'm just very eager to see how this will turn out and what improvements will be made!

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dcawrey
dcawrey
5/30/2016 5:39:05 PM
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Re: Priority
Given the nature of Boston with its congestion problems, I think fiber deployments can really help. It's going to take time, but smart city initiatives can provide cities like Boston a lot more data to help fix things. Overall, this is a great public-private project that can put the city into the lead when it comes to technology. 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
5/30/2016 9:28:04 AM
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Re: Getting up to speed
I surely will join you to be in the list of anxious people to see how this comes along. We do have couple of Bostanians in this forum and I am sure they will keep us posted with upcoming developments.

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