Multifamily Builder Taps Verizon’s FiOS

A major builder of multifamily housing has turned to Verizon Communications Inc.’s FiOS fiber-optic technology to power delivery of Internet and, eventually, TV services into its apartment homes.

Irving, Texas-based JPI cut a deal with Verizon to bring the FiOS network into four communities it is now building in Massachusetts, northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

The communities are: Dedham Station, a 300-unit, three-building development in Dedham, Mass.; the Jefferson at Inigo's Crossing, a 473-unit high-rise in North Bethesda, Md.; Jefferson at Sullivan Place, a 498-apartment development in Fairfax County, Va.; and The Byron, an eight-story project in Falls Church, Va.

Each residential unit will be connected via its own fiber-optic link to the FiOS network, allowing delivery of voice and high-speed-Internet service to all four communities. In Fairfax and Falls Church, the service also will include FiOS TV through franchise agreements Verizon has snared.

"The JPI projects are among the first major new-construction multifamily installations we've engaged as part of our aggressive effort to serve the multifamily market and meet the needs of developers, owners and residents with our fiber-to-the-premises technology," said Eric Cevis, vice president of Verizon's enhanced-communities team.