Verizon Will Deploy 5G in Four Markets in 2018

Los Angeles is the second city Verizon has identified as part of its four market 5G deployment plans, Sacramento, CA was the first. Verizon is being coy about the other two 5G deployment markets for 2018, but I have made some educated guesses, below.

First, there was a list of 11 Verizon test markets, announced in 2017.

2017 Verizon 5G Test Markets

  1. Ann Arbor, MI
  2. Atlanta, GA — a 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market best guess
  3. Bernardsville, NJ
  4. Brockton, MA — a 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market best guess
  5. Dallas, TX
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Sacramento, CA — announced as 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market
  10. Seattle, WA
  11. Washington, DC

Now there is a list of four 2018 Verizon 5G projected deployment markets.

2018 Verizon 5G Projected Deployment Markets

  1. Sacramento, California — announced as 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market
  2. Los Angeles, California — announced as 2018 Verizon 5G deployment market
  3. Atlanta, GA — best guess (see this)
  4. Boston, MA — best guess (see below)

Divining the Verizon Tea Leaves

The following video June 25, 2018 C-NBC interview with Verizon Chairman and CEO, confirms the news from six weeks ago and confirms Verzon’s intention to deploy 5G to four markets in 2018:

05.15.2018 — Verizon Chairman & CEO Lowell McAdam names Los Angeles as 2018 5G market

In April, 2018, Verizon CFO Matthew Ellis reiterated the company’s previous announcements about launching 5G in three to five cities by the end of this year. Sacramento [at that time was] the only city that has been named for the initial rollout, of the 11 cities where the technology has been tested.

"5G mobility will be initially very much heavily focused on urban areas, and we have the assets in place there, and we will be ready to launch that as soon as the [original equipment manufacturers] have handsets available with 5G chipsets in them," Ellis said.

AT&T and Verizon: Aim to Keep the Benefits of a State Telecom Utility, But Shed Any of the Obligations

While AT&T and Verizon expand their Wireless footprints, they get to keep all the State Telecom Utility benefits, including access to the rights-of-way. They are charging all wired customers, and competitors for the Wireless build out and the majority of all Wireless expenses. The FCC’s plan to cede large chunks of the remaining wireless spectrum to AT&T and Verizon is tied to dismantling the State Telecom Utilities and handing over the publicly-funded Wireline copper and fiber-optic networks to their Wireless division for private use.

The Telecom companies plans to block all competition by denying access to the networks in multiple ways, is already underway. Verizon even has a deal with the cable companies to ‘collude’ by allowing them to rent the networks or bundle Verizon Wireless in areas Verizon never upgraded.

This is all made possible by the FCC and the State Telecom Utility Commissions erasing any pesky accounting rules, the state or city laws that might conflict with the plan, or blocking municipalities from upgrading in places the telcos should have upgraded years ago, but never did.

To smooth this takeover — they also had get rid of Net Neutrality so they can control the wires and give their own subsidiaries all of the advantages. With privacy gone, you sign away your rights to let them follow you, advertise to you, track you (and your friends) and then sell the data or give it to their own affiliate companies. Finally, they took away your ability to take them to court — you must arbitrate, which limits their risk.

Boston: Fiber to the BS

In April 2016, Verizon told Boston it was going to be spending $300 million to deploy FiOS, their wireline Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) service, to the entire city over the next six years. Unfortunately, what Verizon’s CEO told investors on September 13th, 2017, shows it has deceived the citizens of Boston and harmed Massachusetts.

Lowell McAdam, CEO Verizon Communications, speaking at the Goldman, Sachs 26th Communacopia Conference on September 13th, 2017 stated it will be substituting wireless for fiber-optic to the home (commonly called “the last mile”). And they are doing this throughout the East Coast.

Lowell McAdam, Verizon Communications CEO:

“Well, I think that’s where 5G and over-the-top come in because even in the markets where we have our FiOS footprint from Washington to Boston, the preferred method, the preferred architecture for us is going to be that last mile being 5G. So whether we offer a linear package or we offer an over-the-top package, look, the numbers all show that over-the-top is gaining ground and the 300 channel bundle is under a solitaire. (typo) So I may have been premature when I was up here a couple of years ago saying that but I still see it that way and I think the point for our investors is, we’re building the network that doesn’t care. If you can get broadband I don’t care whether the customer goes over-the-top or buys a linear package, and we’ll be able to provide either one to him."

Top 11 Facts About the Boston Boondoggle:

  1. Verizon announced a FiOS FTTP upgrade of Boston in April 2016, not a wireless upgrade.
  2. FiOS is FTTP, Fiber To The Premises, (i.e.; residential and small business locations)
  3. Verizon’s testimony, including legal counsel, said fiber is directly connected to homes
  4. Verizon claims it will be doing this in sections, starting with Dorchester.
  5. Verizon already upgraded Dorchester to fiber in 2006, 11 years ago.
  6. The franchise is for FTTP, not for wireless.
  7. Verizon claims that this is an upgrade of the state utility existing wireline network, and “Title II”. Wireless is illegally being funded through this cross-subsidy.
  8. Verizon claims wireless is cheaper to deploy.
  9. Wireless is cheaper mainly because most of the expenses are paid for by the wireline utility—and local phone customers.
  10. Verizon has been cross subsidizing their wireless business for years; almost $1 billion from 2010-2012 alone.
  11. Verizon was supposed to have upgraded Boston to fiber in 1995, 22 years ago.