The company today March 24th it is rolling out a fiber-optic network – known as fiber to the premises, or FTTP -- that will deliver faster data speeds and crystal clear voice to residence and business customers in the city of Lynn and the towns of Nahant and Swampscott. This transformational upgrade to Verizon’s network also has the capability to offer a full suite of video services, a competitive choice to existing cable television providers. The company will seek a franchise agreement before offering cable TV service in a selected community.
Today’s announcement brings to 28 the number of communities in eastern Massachusetts identified by the company for deployment of its all-fiber network. The others are Andover, Bedford, Belmont, Boxford, Burlington, Canton, Dedham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Lakeville, Lexington, Lincoln, Lynnfield, North Reading, Natick, Newton, Reading, Sherborn, Topsfield, Wellesley, Westborough, West Newbury, Westwood, Winchester and Woburn.
"We're pleased and excited that Verizon has chosen the city of Lynn for its all-fiber network," said Lynn Mayor Edward Clancy. "In the future, residents and businesses in our city can look forward to ultra-fast Internet connections."
FTTP uses hair-thin strands of fiber and optical electronics to directly link homes and businesses to Verizon’s network. The state-of-the-art network upgrade will unleash a range of advanced communication services.
Although the use of fiber optics is common for long-distance and inter-city communications throughout the telecommunications industry, Verizon is one of the first major telecom companies to begin using it to directly connect homes and businesses to the network on a widespread scale.
Verizon has announced it is deploying its FTTP network in 14 states: California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. To help build the network across the country, Verizon will hire between 3,000 and 5,000 new employees by the end of this year, including hundreds in Massachusetts.