The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications yesterday issued a notice of default to Verizon for failure to meet its franchise obligations.
Statement from Counsel to the Mayor Brittny Saunders:
“Verizon has failed to fulfill its contractual obligation to install a complete, citywide FiOS network available to all city residents and, most concerning, the company lacks a plan for how to complete it. That’s unacceptable.”
Statement from DoITT Commissioner Anne Roest:
“Over a year ago, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications completed an audit of Verizon’s progress in meeting its citywide commitment to provide the FiOS network to all New Yorkers, regardless of zip code. In that year span, there has been little progress made in completing its commitment, and no viable plan for how to complete it. With very little getting accomplished through discussions, we have been given no choice but to send Verizon a notice of default under several provisions of the franchise agreement. We expect Verizon to take this notice seriously in order to fulfill its promise to fully serve all five boroughs.”