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More TV Choice and Competition Near for Residents of Northborough, Mass.


Town Approves Video License for Verizon; Thousands More Households Soon Can Get FiOS TV
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - Residents of Northborough are a major step closer to having another choice for their cable television services, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service via the most advanced all-digital, fiber-optic network straight to customers’ homes.

The Board of Selectmen in Northborough granted a cable franchise to Verizon Monday (July 21), paving the way for video choice for thousands more Massachusetts households.

The board’s vote brings to 78 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon’s FiOS TV is or will soon be available.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring FiOS TV to residents in Northborough,” said Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. “Since the launch of FiOS TV in Massachusetts last year, we are continuing our efforts to meet the consumer demand for cable TV choice.”

FiOS TV is the company’s fiber-optic television service, which offers a better-quality picture, more high-definition (HD) and video-on-demand (VOD) programs, and more reliable service at competitive prices.

Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in 73 Massachusetts communities [see list below] as well as other locations in New York, New Jersey, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.

“As a result of this new franchise, consumers in Northborough will be able to choose their cable provider as easily as they choose their phone company,” said Cupelo. “Competition drives innovation, value and service quality, and it puts the consumer in control.”

Verizon is currently in negotiations with several other communities in Massachusetts to obtain additional franchises. For more information on the Verizon franchise process in the state, log on to

The Northborough franchise agreement contains provisions for the network’s future growth; financial support and capacity for educational and government access channels; cable service to government buildings; and other important benefits to the town, including insurance, indemnification and enforcement protections.

“Verizon will compete aggressively for subscribers in Northborough with our FiOS services, which are fueled by our lightning-fast fiber-optic network,” Cupelo said. Verizon soon will begin its door-to-door sales campaign in Northborough, explaining to local consumers the many advantages of FiOS TV.

Verizon is the first company to offer a fiber-to-the premises (FTTP) network, connecting homes and businesses directly to fiber optics on a widespread scale.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, including 31 HD channels for Massachusetts customers, with plans to offer all available major HD programming by year-end. In addition, FiOS TV customers have access to more than 10,000 VOD titles per month, 70 percent of which are free. The VOD library also includes an increasing number of HD titles, and will offer 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by the end of the year. 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.

In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon’s fiber network also allows the company to offer consumers and businesses high-speed FiOS Internet service at download speeds up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps.*

* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.


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