Verizon FiOS public forum in Queens on Monday, September 28

Many New York City residents still don’t have access to Verizon FiOS, despite Verizon’s commitment to deliver fiber optic service to every household in the city by June 30, 2014. New Yorkers would like access to a fiber network because fiber internet is faster than cable and DSL.

An audit by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications reveals just how bad the situation is. Among the major problems:

  • Verizon has not built enough fiber optic cables throughout the five boroughs to deliver on its promises.
  • Verizon’s internal records show that fiber service is “unavailable” at some households, even though Verizon claims that it can provide fiber service to anyone who requests it.
  • More than 40,000 requests for FiOS are outstanding, and 75 percent of these requests have been outstanding for over a year.

The Waiting4FiOS Coalition – a collaborative project of Common Cause and Consumers Union – is working to hold Verizon accountable for its promises to build a fiber network for all New York City residents. The coalition is holding a public forum in Queens on Monday, September 28th, where residents will have the opportunity to make their voices heard.

Waiting4FiOS Coalition, Queens Public Forum
Co-sponsored by Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, NYC Councilmember Daniel Dromm, & NYC Councilmember Costa Constantinides

When: 6-8pm on Monday, September 28
Where: CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square, Room 202, Long Island City, NY 11101


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