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Verizon is sued for breach of contract

Texans might be interested in learning about a lawsuit that was filed against Verizon. New York City filed the suit, alleging that Verizon breached a contract it had with the city that dated to 2008.

According to the complaint, Verizon allegedly failed to provide enough fiber-optic FIOS service for all of the residents of the city to access the internet. Verizon had reportedly promised to install enough of the fiber-optic cable for every household to have access by 2014. Verizon argues that it is already able to provide the service to 2.2 million households in the city. However, there are almost a million more households in New York, meaning that a large percentage does not have access to Verizon's fiber-optic FIOS service.

Verizon argues that its understanding was that it was supposed to install fiber-optic cable along the same lines as previously installed copper cabling. It states that doing what the city is now demanding would be impractical. The dispute between the city and Verizon started in 2015 when an audit of Verizon's cable services was released.

Contract disputes may arise when the expectations of each contracting party are not clearly outlined in the agreements. Businesses, municipalities and individuals involved in contract disputes might benefit from seeking advice from business and commercial law attorneys. When the ability of the parties to complete their contractual duties has not been destroyed by the alleged breaches, the lawyers may be able to successfully negotiate resolutions to the disputes for their clients. If this proves to be fruitless, the attorneys may advocate for their clients through arbitration hearings or in court.

Source: Tech Crunch, "New York City sues Verizon for not completing citywide fiber network," Catherine Shu, March 14, 2017.

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