NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City is suing Verizon, saying the phone giant broke its 2008 promise to make its FiOS cable service available to all city residents.

The city says Verizon missed a 2014 deadline to extend wire by every home or apartment building in the city — in technical parlance, “passing” the home. The city also argues that Verizon hasn’t installed service for thousands who requested it.

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“Verizon must face the consequences for breaking the trust of 8.5 million New Yorkers,”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Verizon promised that every household in the city would have access to its fiber-optic FiOS service by 2014. It’s 2017 and we’re done waiting. No corporation – no matter how large or powerful – can break a promise to New Yorkers and get away with it.”

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Verizon disagrees with the city’s definition of “passing” a home and says its cable and high-speed internet network does “pass” all households. In a letter Friday, Verizon says 2.2 million households have access. Verizon said Monday that it is “committed” to expanding Fios availability to another 1 million households.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in a New York state court.

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