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Verizon Is Granted Authority to Offer FiOS TV

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 30 Aug 2005 18:22:37 -0400

Verizon Is Granted Authority to Offer FiOS TV to 235,000 Residents
of Manatee County - Aug 30, 2005 05:55 PM (PR Newswire)

County Commission Opens the Door to More Consumer Choice, Better
Competition for the Public

BRADENTON, Fla., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Manatee County Commission
today voted for consumer choice and competition in the cable-TV market
by awarding a far-reaching video franchise to Verizon for its FiOS TV
product, to be delivered via its new, all-fiber network.

This is the largest population to be served by a Verizon franchise
agreement so far. Manatee joins Temple Terrace as the second
municipality in Florida to grant a franchise to Verizon as the company
continues its campaign to be permitted to deliver television services
to customers in its service territory.

The commission's decision means that Verizon now has the authority to
offer FiOS TV to the 235,000 residents in the unincorporated portions
of the county. It is anticipated that a portion of these residents
will begin enjoying stepped-up competition and more consumer choice to
the region's existing cable-TV and satellite services by 2006. The
franchise does not apply to other communities in the county, including
the cities of Bradenton, Palmetto, Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key.


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