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Verizon, New York City to Test Way to Spread Fiber Network

Verizon Communications Inc. and New York City agreed to test a method to more quickly install fiber-optic cables under sidewalks, potentially enabling the company to offer faster connections in more neighborhoods.

The pilot program allows Verizon to use “micro-trenching” or “saw cutting,” in which narrow, shallow grooves are carved out of the ground, opening space for cables, the city said today in a statement. The trial will start with 12 sites across the five boroughs, after which the government and the company will assess whether it can be adopted citywide.