fiber day

Not So Fast: Verizon Barred From Installing Fiber Optic Cables in Wake of Superstorm Sandy

Here's hoping we here something about Google Fiber later this morning.

verizon truckToday’s fiber day, right? At least until we’re all collectively disappointed that Google’s 10:30 a.m. press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg has nothing to do with any plans to bring super fast Internet connectivity to the five boroughs. (Not saying, just trying to manage our own expectations here.)

Well, as long as we’re talking fiber optic cables, it’s worth looking in on Verizon’s travails in lower Manhattan, where the telecom giant is having some trouble replacing wiring damaged during flooding from Superstorm Sandy.

According to The New York Times, Verizon would like to replace its ruined copper wiring with fiber-optic cables, allowing the company to deliver its “triple play” combination of phone, broadband and cable TV services. But building managers aren’t playing along: some have barred access outright, while others have demanded Verizon pay fees before technicians are allowed entry. In turn, Verizon has filed a petition with the state’s Public Service Commission, citing regulations that block buildings from denying cable companies access.

It’s enough to make you wonder, in the name of a fast Internet, can’t we all just get along?

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