Alexandria, Virginia is trying to find a partner to build a citywide fiber network to serve its 150,000 residents and 15,000 businesses.
But the city eight miles outside Washington, DC could already have had a fiber network up and running years ago if Verizon hadn’t abandoned a plan to deliver its FiOS service there.”Initially, Verizon staff indicated that the company wanted to pursue a FiOS deployment in Alexandria,” the city explains in a “Verizon FiOS FAQ.”
The city approved a new telecommunications franchise in June 2009 allowing Verizon to construct the fiber-to-the-premises network. Further negotiations were needed to hammer out a cable television franchise as well, but early in 2010 Verizon informed the city in a letter that it would be able to complete its nationwide FiOS deployment goals without doing any work in Alexandria.
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