So much for predicting Baltimore FiOS for 2010
In a column I year ago I guessed that Verizon would "start stringing cable and digging trenches in Baltimore in 2010," based on some tea leaves and meetings between the company and city officials. Doesn't look like it's going to happen, however.
Verizon spokesman Sandra Arnette told me a couple weeks ago that the company was concentrating on building out networks in localities where it already had franchise agreements. And she sends the same message in Gus Sentementes' story today on Progressive Maryland accusing Verizon of redlining Baltimore.
Here is my column from January 2009.
Mark Phillips of Ednor Gardens in Baltimore sees ads everywhere for Verizon's high-speed Internet and cable service.
He reads about "FiOS" in the paper. He wants to be your customer, Verizon. His family keep jamming their slower DSL line with entertainment downloads. When he streams video from Hulu.com, his daughter might not be able to do schoolwork online.
He doesn't really want Comcast's broadband product. FiOS lays fiber-optic cable right to your door, which he says is faster and more secure.