The District of Columbia government has agreed to terms with the cable/phone/internet giant Verizon to bring the popular FiOS service to the District. The fiber optic based cable delivery system claims to offer superior quality high definition TV and internet services compared to "regular" cable. I don't have or want cable, but some DC residents have been clamoring for the FiOS service, especially since our immediate neighbors in the suburbs have had access for a while.
According to Washington Business Journal, "The first communities to receive access to Verizon FiOS service will be Barry Farm, Brightwood, Cleveland Park, Crestwood, Fort Stanton, Friendship Heights, Historic Anacostia, Petworth, Shepherd Park, Sheridan, Tenleytown, Van Ness and Woodley Park."
I'm guessing Mount Pleasant and other neighborhoods on the 42 will have to wait a bit due to construction. Fiber optic cables and other hardware will literally have to be laid underground for the upgrade to happen. Delivery of the service is due sometime in 2009.