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星期二, 4月 12, 2016

Verizon斥資三億 波士頓網路六年全部光纖

(Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)今(12)日宣佈,和委瑞森(Verizon)公司合作,由委瑞森在六年內投資三億餘元,為波士頓全市鋪設高速光纖網路,將使波士頓市在創新經濟上更具競爭力。
            這一計畫將於2016年內,從多徹斯特,西洛士百利,以及洛士百利內的杜爹利廣場開始鋪設,下一步再到海德公園,麥特潘,以及洛士百利和牙買加平原等地。波士頓市同意加快審批施工許可,藉以鼓勵。
               波士頓市在創新通訊科技上,一向領先在前,1877年就在波士頓到尚莫維爾(Somerville)見了全美第一條電話線。2010年時,委瑞森也在波士頓建造了全世界第一條4G LTE網路,隨後還開張了該公司將研發,測試5G無線網路的華森創新中心。
               一旦施工證照手續辦完後,委瑞森計畫在波士頓提供Fios TV服務,並將與波士頓市簽署和其他電視公司相類似的特許經營協議,為波士頓市及其居民提供財務支援,公共電視,數位平等項目。為學校及社區機構提供上網功能。
               委瑞森為強調在協助低收入市民,使用新科技來改善經濟上和波士頓市看法一致,還捐款10萬元,將用於支持波士頓公共圖書館的移動熱點出借項目,以及以需要為依據的家庭上網服務,藉以促進數位平等。

               委瑞森還將在創新的“智慧城市”試驗上和波士頓市府合作,期以利用各種先進的交通燈號控制科技,來增加道路安全程度,衡量自行撤交通,改善公共車流,減少交通阻塞等。

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPWITH VERIZON TO TRANSFORM CITY'S TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
Advanced Fiber-Optic Network Will Support Businesses, Bring Consumer Choice to Residents

BOSTON - Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a new partnership with Verizon to make Boston one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country by replacing its copper-based infrastructure with a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network platform across the city. The new network will offer enormous bandwidth and speeds. Through an investment of more than $300 million from Verizon over six years, this change will bring increased competition and choice for broadband and entertainment services in Boston, and support the ongoing efforts to spur innovation and economic opportunity in all neighborhoods.

Construction of the fiber-optic network will be completed by neighborhood to concentrate resources and provide an expedited timeline. Initially, the project will begin in Dorchester, West Roxbury and the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury in 2016, followed by Hyde Park, Mattapan, and other areas of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. The city has also agreed to provide an expedited permitting process to encourage this build.

"Boston is moving faster than our current infrastructure can support, and a modern fiber-optic communications platform will make us a next level city," said Mayor Walsh. "Additionally, it is a priority to ensure that every resident has expanded access to broadband and increasing competition is critical to reaching that goal. I thank Verizon for their investment in Boston and for partnering with the city to provide the foundation for future technology growth."

Boston has long been a leader in innovative communications technology, dating back to 1877 with the first old-time telephone line from Boston to Somerville. In 2010, Verizon built one of the world's first 4G LTE networks in Boston and, shortly after, opened its Waltham Innovation Center, which will host Verizon's development and testing of cutting-edge 5G wireless.

"This transformation isn't just about advanced new fiber optic technology - it's about the innovative services this platform will allow people to create and use, today and in the future," said Verizon Wireline Network President Bob Mudge. "We are delivering the promise of the digital world to families, schools and medical facilities, businesses and entrepreneurs, while strengthening our neighborhoods and communities. We are a proud partner in building toward a brighter, shared future."

This partnership will also improve wireless services in Boston by enabling Verizon to attach wireless equipment to city street lights and utility poles, helping residents get fast, reliable mobile service.

As a next step, the city will begin the cable television licensing process. Upon successful completion of the licensing process, Verizon expects to offer Fios TV service in Boston. Similar franchise agreements have resulted in benefits for the city and its residents including financial support for public access and digital equity programs, and connectivity for schools and other community institutions.

"Innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses in neighborhoods throughout Boston desire local spaces with strong connectivity to foster their ideas," said Roxbury Innovation Center Program Manager Alessandra Brown. "For people and groups who utilize the Roxbury Innovation Center, this fiber-optic build-out means better access to information, technology, and education services, while laying the groundwork for continued growth for years to come. The Dudley Square neighborhood, like so many areas of Boston, will greatly benefit from this fiber-optic network, enabling opportunity and promoting economic development."

Underscoring the city's and Verizon's shared vision of using technology to improve economic opportunity for low-income residents, Verizon kicked off the new collaboration by presenting a $100,000 Digital Equity contribution to the city, which will be used to support a mobile hotspot lending program at the Boston Public Library.

In addition to other benefits, this partnership includes an innovative "Smart Cities" trial that will address traffic safety and congestion along the Massachusetts Avenue Vision Zero Priority Corridor. The city and Verizon will experiment with sensors and advanced traffic signal control technology to increase safety, measure bicycle traffic, improve public transit vehicle flow, and decrease congestion. Future "Smart Cities" applications will address other key services, including environmental sensors, energy efficiency, and city lighting management.

All neighborhood residents and small businesses will have a voice in which neighborhoods get fiber-optic technology first. A free online registration process will be used to assess demand and help Verizon prioritize its fiber-optic network construction schedule. Residents and businesses should visitwww.verizon.com/BostonFiber to register and cast their vote, beginning with the Dorchester, West Roxbury and Dudley square area neighborhoods.