Advocates struggle to bring high-speed fiber to New York

On paper, New York is the perfect place for a high-speed fiber network: it’s rich, densely packed, and riddled with old conduits that could be used to house the new infrastructure. But according to a new report in Crain’s, efforts to lay new fiber have been stymied by politics and business concerns. The fiber would have to be laid in a maze of underground tunnels and ducts, maintained by a Verizon subsidiary called Empire City Subway (or ECS). Until ECS cleans up the mess of tunnels under the city, laying more fiber is effectively impossible — and by all indications, the company is in no hurry.

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