FiOS comes to Boston--but just to film an ad

Boston, MA--9/15/2013--Donnie Wahlberg (cq), executive producer of "Boston's Finest," shoots promotions for the new season, on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 16NamesWahlberg Reporter: Meredith Goldstein
Pictured is Donnie Wahlberg who is now starring in Verizon commercials that were filmed in Boston.Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe

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“This is New England, where people tell it straight,” says Boston-born TV star Donnie Wahlberg in a new commercial for FiOS, Verizon’s cable television and Internet service. “No phonies, no fakers, no shortcuts.”

The commercial, titled “Here’s The Truth about FiOS in Massachusetts,” features Wahlberg standing before the Hancock Tower, Trinity Church, and in Charlestown near the Bunker Hill Monument.

But here’s another truth about FiOS: You can’t get it in Copley Square. Actually, you can’t get it anywhere in Boston.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino sounded somewhere between flabbergasted and outraged about the commercial.

“I think they should put in big letters in the ad, ‘We do not serve Boston. But we’re using Boston as a backdrop, because Boston is a great city,’ ” Menino said.

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