Rockland County Village of Nyack Awards Video Franchise to Verizon
New York Municipality Latest to Grant Local Franchise Agreement, Opening the Door to Improved Competition, More Choice for Residents
November 29, 2005, NYACK, N.Y. - The Nyack Village Board of Trustees Monday night (Nov. 28) voted to provide residents with true choice for their cable television services, awarding a video franchise to Verizon for its Verizon FiOS TV product, to be delivered via the company’s new, fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.
This Rockland County village thus becomes the second community in the state to pave the way for improved competition in the cable television market. The Long Island community of Massapequa Park voted Sept. 26 to grant Verizon the first franchise in the state. Both of the local approvals are subject to review by the New York Public Service Commission. Verizon has also obtained video franchises in California, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts, as well as a state-issued franchise in Texas to provide service in 21 communities there.
“This is great news for the residents of Nyack, who will have more choice for their video entertainment,” said Thomas A. Dunne, vice president public affairs, policy and communications for Verizon New York. "We commend the village trustees, Mayor John Shields and Village Attorney Walter Sevastian for their dedication and hard work throughout this process. They recognize and support the technological advantage and competitive benefits, as well as the distinctive edge in economic development and quality of life that fiber will bring to Nyack.
“We look forward to similarly successful negotiations with other municipalities in Rockland and Westchester counties,” said Dunne. The village council’s decision gives Verizon the authority to offer FiOS TV to households in Nyack. Many Verizon customers here are already enjoying FiOS Internet Service, which delivers blazing-fast download speeds ranging from up to 5 Mbps to up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second).*
Verizon launched FiOS TV Sept. 22 in Keller, Texas, unveiling a broad collection of all-digital programming with more than 330 total channels and more on the way. Availability plans for FiOS TV in Nyack will be announced soon. Under the franchise agreement, which covers 15 years, Verizon will provide service to the entire village once the company’s fiber network is completed. In addition, the agreement contains provisions for the network’s future development; financial support and capacity for public and governmental access channels; and other important provisions.
FiOS TV is a state-of-the-art video service designed to compete with cable and satellite and win. It is delivered over Verizon’s fiber-to-the-premises network, which has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. Verizon’s network design includes backup facilities not common to traditional cable systems, such as duplicate “head ends” where the TV service receives national programming.
Verizon currently is constructing FTTP networks in more than half the states where it offers landline communications service, including 115 communities in New York.
FiOS TV will deliver a wide range of programming designed to meet the entertainment and information needs of the mid-Hudson region’s diverse population. Customers will be able to buy FiOS TV as a stand-alone service or packaged with voice and FiOS Internet Service. Verizon has announced video content agreements with major and independent network groups, including The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal Cable, Starz Entertainment Group, Showtime Networks, Turner Broadcasting System, A&E Television Networks, BET, TV One, Discovery Networks, Si TV and NFL Network.
* NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million customers nationwide, and one of the nation’s premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers in 28 states. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 215,000 and generates annual revenues of more than $71 billion from four business segments: Domestic Telecom, Domestic Wireless, Information Services and International. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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