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Verizon To Build Fiber Optic Network In Boston

BOSTON (CBS) -- Mayor Marty Walsh announced a partnership with Verizon Tuesday in which the company will invest $300 million dollars in a project to build a fiber optic communications network in Boston over the next six years.

The partnership includes a plan to bring Verizon Fios TV service in Boston, and to improve wireless internet service by attaching equipment to street lights and utility poles.

Walsh says the modern platform will make Boston a next-level city.

"This upgrade brings many benefits to students, to seniors, to small businesses and innovators," Walsh said. "The bottom line is, it's going to be a place, Boston, at the leading edge of technology firepower and technological access now and as we move into the future."

Construction of the network will be completed in phases by neighborhood, beginning in the Dudley Square area of Roxbury and in Dorchester and West Roxbury this year.

Walsh said the upgrade is badly needed, and that the city's current network was insufficient for a city that wanted to be a leader in the 21st century.

"Boston is home to some of the brightest minds and talent," said Walsh, "But our infrastructure, the engine that makes innovation possible, lags behind."

The city has promised an expedited permitting process to encourage the project.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker reports

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