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Verizon's FiOS to compete with Time Warner Cable in New York City

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 28 May 2008 2:25 User comments (9)

Verizon's FiOS to compete with Time Warner Cable in New York City New York City residents may soon have a new alternative to their current cable television provider. That's because the city's Franchise and Concession Review Committee has approved a cable franchising agreement with Verizon to provide their FiOS television service as a competitor to the incumbent Time Warner Cable. Assuming the deal is approved by the mayor's office and New York State Public Service Commission, Verizon plans to have complete coverage for the 5 boroughs that make up the city.
"When our proposal is fully approved, New York will be the first major city in the nation to break the cable TV monopoly and bring the network of the future to its residents today," Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut, said in a statement.

Currently only about 20% of the city's residents have access to Verizon's fiber optic network, which has so far only been used for high speed internet connections. These people should have the company's television service available nearly immediately after the franchise agreement is approved by the various parties. From that point on the company will have 8 years, until June 30, 2004, to make the service available to the entire populations of Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

The logistical hurdles are unlike any other city in America, said Craig Moffett, a telecommunications analyst at brokerage firm Sanford A. Bernstein & Company. In urban situations, every building is its own engineering problem, so it takes another layer of planning and expense.

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9 user comments

128.5.2008 9:32

They wont have much time to make their network available to everyone before 2004 rolls around...

228.5.2008 11:52

FIOS ftw. So close to me now, I can taste it. It stops approximately 2 miles from my home, north of NY City.

328.5.2008 12:15

Originally posted by mithras1:
They wont have much time to make their network available to everyone before 2004 rolls around...
ok.

428.5.2008 14:23

Quote:
Originally posted by mithras1:
They wont have much time to make their network available to everyone before 2004 rolls around...
ok.
He is referencing one of the many grammatical errors found on select news updates.

528.5.2008 14:25
lynchGOP
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Originally posted by mithras1:
They wont have much time to make their network available to everyone before 2004 rolls around...

HILARIOUS!!

Can't wait 'til FIOS cometh to Chi town. No time soon though I'm afraid. What a pisser!!!!!!!!

628.5.2008 15:22

Hope Verizon has a spare DeLorean in the back.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 May 2008 @ 15:22

729.5.2008 2:53

fios is like mana from the heavens for geeks.

rain your glorious 20/20 fiber connection down onto me oh warez lord!

830.5.2008 23:58

nyc is about 3 hours from me so hopefully i will be "tasteing" it too :)


918.6.2008 2:07
fgamer
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Please FIOS come to Wisconsin.

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