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Verizon Looks to Microtrenching to Keep a Promise

June 10, 2014

Verizon Looks to Microtrenching to Keep a Promise

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

Verizon promised the city of New York back in 2008 that it would give every corner of the five boroughs a fiber-optic infrastructure by the end of June, 2014. The company sadly hasn’t lived up to its end of the agreement. That’s a rather large problem considering just how popular high speed fiber has become, especially in NYC. As Crain’s points out that isn’t the only agreement Verizon (News - Alert) has failed to honor.

Crain’s also points out that some of the reasons the company hasn’t been able to back up its word are beyond Verizon’s control. Still, some are wondering whether the telecommunications giant has any intention of honoring the agreement it made with the city. The company also claimed that it was going to bring its FiOS (News - Alert) network to anyone who asked for it within a year. Verizon has also not been able to fulfill that promise.

Considering that New York is rapidly becoming a place that is leaning on dark fiber for its Internet needs, there is a growing number of people that are losing their patience with the firm. For its part, Verizon cites 2012’s Hurricane Sandy and 2011’s Hurricane Irene as factors that caused work stoppage. Replacing copper after Sandy in particular has slowed down the rollout.

While New York is willing to concede those points, the lack of FiOS in NYC homes is a concern for citizens and elected officials. Verizon says it is going to be able to have the fiber-optic infrastructure in place just a couple of months late. The FiOS networks are the real issue. The company admits it hasn’t met the 6 month to one year deadlines it placed on itself when people ask for the installations. Instead, the firm says it wants to start microtrenching, which will allow for a faster rollout.

Microtrenching saws are built to make a narrow, shallow cut in the sidewalk, making it easier for a cable conduit to be installed and run into a building. The cost of doing this is about half of the traditional method and it takes less time than digging up the street and burying the cable. Now Verizon just has to get the city of New York’s approval to start doing microtrenching on a wide scale. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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