Verizon Prepares Fiber Network in Ind.


Verizon Communications said Wednesday that it plans to build a fiber-to-the-premises network in Fort Wayne and New Haven, Ind.

While the network would be capable of delivering digital video to subscribers, in addition to telephone and high-speed Internet services, the telco didn’t announce plans to deploy cable-TV services in Indiana.

Comcast Corp. is the incumbent cable MSO in the Fort Wayne area.

Verizon said it will take more than two years to build the fiber-optic network in Indiana, and it expects to add another 200-full-time and 80 temporary positions there, including positions involving fiber splicing, installation, repair and engineering. Construction is scheduled to begin in late March.

Verizon began building an FTTP network last year in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. On Tuesday, it announced plans to construct an FTTP network in Rhode Island.