Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Philadelphia Approves Verizon's FiOS Franchise

The Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing Verizon Pennsylvania to offer its all-fiber-optic FiOS TV service to city residents.

As part of the 15-year cable franchise included in the legislation, Verizon will make FiOS TV available throughout the city over the next seven years.
http://www.verizon.comIn December, Verizon made a pitch to the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Property and Public Works to install its all-fiber-optic network and bring real TV choice to more than 600,000 households throughout the city. The company is seeking franchise agreement from the city.


Key points of Verizon's proposal:

  • Verizon plans to bring fiber optics directly to every Philadelphian's home. More than 600,000 households will have access to FiOS TV, including households in multiple dwelling units.


  • The full deployment of Verizon's FTTP network throughout the entire city will occur within seven years of the franchise ordinance's effective date.


  • The network will deliver an all-digital FiOS TV lineup, including VOD.


  • Payment of franchise fees equivalent to 5 per cent of gross revenues on cable TV service.


  • Payment to the city of $2 million for a technology and education fund.


  • Payment of $9.2 million in grants to support the city's public, education and government access channels.


  • Up to 15 all-digital public, educational and governmental access channels for use by the city or its Public Access Corporation over the life of the agreement.


  • An extensive and appropriate set of customer service provisions.

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