Verizon Inc. is on the move yet again with its next-generation network buildout, announcing it will bring fiber-to-the premise technology to 17 additional New Jersey communities.
The Bell operator will extend its FTTP technology to Trenton; Maplewood, Montclair, South Orange and West Orange in Essex County; Berlin Borough, Berlin Township, Chesilhurst, Haddon, Waterford and Winslow in Camden County; Piscataway and Plainsboro in Middlesex County; Victory Gardens in Morris County; Hackensack and Teaneck in Bergen County; and Freehold Borough in Monmouth County.
With that in place, Verizon will seek franchise agreements from the communities to offer video service.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of the communications network serving these communities,” said Dennis M. Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey.
The rollout brings Verizon’s total for fiber-based service deployments in New Jersey to 99 communities in 10 counties, offering customers its FiOS-branded Internet access services. Meanwhile, it has similar efforts under way in more than half of the states where it offers landline communications services.
To support the project, Verizon has hired between 3,000 and 5,000 new employees nationwide.