Verizon Tightens NY Franchise Grip

The Village Board of Scotia, NY, has approved a franchise agreement with Verizon (www.verizon.com), making it the first municipality in the Capital District region of New York to approve a TV franchise for Verizon, allowing the company to bring FiOS TV to the vi...

The Village Board of Scotia, NY, has approved a franchise agreement with Verizon (www.verizon.com), making it the first municipality in the Capital District region of New York to approve a TV franchise for Verizon, allowing the company to bring FiOS TV to the village. The company is in the process of building and installing the necessary video equipment into local central offices in the region, and anticipates that FiOS TV service will be turned on for new customers in the Schenectady County village late in the first quarter of 2011.

In securing a TV franchise from the Village of Scotia, Verizon has signaled its intention to bring FiOS into the Capital District market. The company is continuing to develop its plans and expects to have TV franchise discussions with other municipalities in the region. The franchise from Scotia marks the 178th TV franchise Verizon has secured in New York.
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