Verizon FiOS: get ready for a public hearing, Baltimore-style
It seems the resentment with Verizon continues to build in Baltimore as a city council member (Bill Cole) is calling for a public hearing next week to air out the reasons why the telecom company isn't installing its next-generation FiOS network in the city.
Cole and other critics of the company say Verizon has avoided the city while expanding the network in counties around Baltimore, and putting profits over fairness. Verizon, on the other hand, points to other cities it has and has not built the network in and said they're following a long-term growth plan. Plus, they argue, they never said they wouldn't roll it out in Baltimore. They're just not doing it in the near future.
Telecom companies are probably going to come under increasing fire to expand their networks in a way that's perceived as fair by the public, as the notion of broadband equality takes hold. The FCC has made expansion of higher-capacity broadband a major part of its 10-year plan to improve the nation's internet infrastructure.
So, if you're in Baltimore and want to speak your views on Verizon's lack of FiOS in Baltimore, head to City Hall at 5 p.m. this Wednesday to make your case. City councilmembers and Verizon officials will be there to listen.
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