High Speed

Verizon promised to build FiOS to every residence in Philadelphia by February 2016, but the company won?t tell the city how many homes and apartments still can?t get FiOS service. The city has reached out directly to residents with the plea: tell us if you can?t get FiOS.
The Verizon workers? strike is delaying Verizon?s acquisition of XO Communications? fiber network, a $1.8 billion dollar deal announced in February. This is the most recent harm Verizon?s leadership has caused the company by refusing to negotiate and settle a fair contract.
AT&T is in the midst of a significant fiber expansion and plans to triple availability by the end of 2016.
Verizon was supposed to deliver FiOS access to everyone in Philadelphia in exchange for a city-wide franchise agreement ? a deal similar to the one Verizon made in New York, where it also broke its promise to build out its all-fiber service.

Google is in just four markets with well less than 100,000 customers and the incumbent telecom companies are outpacing Google?s buildout.

Verizon shares are down 4 percent to $49.68 and the company warned that the ongoing strike by CWA and IBEW members could damage second quarter earnings.
The United States ranked 16th globally for average broadband speed with 14.2 Mbps., and Internet use increased rapidly among African Americans, Hispanics, and Alaska Natives.
?This subsidy is an important step toward ensuring that all Americans can share in the benefits that broadband access provides,? said CWA President Chris Shelton.
Five public interest and labor organizations -- the Communications Workers of America, Public Knowledge, the Center for Media Justice/MAG-Net, and Color of Change -- delivered the petitions to the FCC.
Total number of broadband subscriptions is now more than 90 million, with top cable companies having about 55.2 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies having 35.1 million subscribers.