When it comes to network services in the education sector in the New York metro area, Optimum Lightpath has been making some real progress against the incumbent Verizon. Earlier this week the metro fiber division of Cablevision won a contract with Brooklyn Law School to provide internet and voice for its students. The new service will reach 1,500 students and 150 faculty and staff both on campus and in 11 nearby residence halls.
Total bandwidth more than doubled from the 45Mbps of a DS-3 to a 100Mbps Ethernet connection, the voice services were more feature rich, and the price was lower. Heck, sounds good to me... The deal came at the expense of the incumbent whom I presume was Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings). Verizon has to be noticing Lightpath's successes in the education market on its home turf, with Wall Township, Denville, and Howell Township over in NJ in the first quarter for starters. That comes despite the extensive fiber infrastructure they have throughout the region to support the FIOS buildout, but they still don't seem that focused on the enterprise market as compared to consumer broadband and wireless.