10.10.2008Corporate

Five More Delaware County, Pa., Communities to See More Choice, Competition as Local Officials Award Cable Franchises to Verizon

LANSDOWNE, Pa., - Residents in five more Delaware County communities are a major step closer to having an innovative, reliable and competitive alternative for their cable television services, thanks to recent votes by officials in the boroughs of Collingdale, Norwood and Lansdowne and the townships of Upper Darby and Darby authorizing Verizon to offer its fiber-optic-powered FiOS TV. 


FiOS TV offers consumers a broad range of programming choices and superior picture quality from the only TV service delivered over the nation's most advanced all-fiber network directly connecting to millions of individual homes and businesses.


The cable franchises cover approximately 49,000 households across the five communities. Verizon plans to begin offering FiOS TV in parts of some of the communities later this year.  These most recent franchises bring to 38 the total number of franchises awarded to Verizon by Delaware County municipalities.


"Collingdale, Norwood, Upper Darby, Lansdowne and Darby residents soon will be able to join the fast-growing FiOS revolution in Delaware County," said Douglas R. Smith, vice president of external affairs, Verizon Pennsylvania. "FiOS TV offers a clear, superior alternative to the incumbent cable provider - powered by our lightning-fast fiber-optic network.


"From ultra-fast download and unmatched upload Internet speeds to outstanding picture quality, FiOS Internet and FiOS TV services will wow Delaware County consumers."


Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in parts of the townships of Aston, Bethel, Chadds Ford, Concord, Edgmont, Haverford, Lower Chichester, Marple, Middletown, Nether Providence, Newtown, Radnor, Springfield, Thornbury, Upper Chichester, Upper Darby and Upper Providence.  FiOS TV also is currently available in parts of the boroughs of Chester Heights, Collindgale, Darby, Folcroft Glenolden, Marcus Hook, Media, Morton, Parkside, Ridley Park, Rose Valley, Rutledge, Sharon Hill, Swarthmore, Trainer and Upland.


FiOS TV Service Highlights


Service highlights include:



  • More than 400 all-digital channels grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news, marketplace, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their favorite programming.


  • A total of 88 high-definition channels in the southeastern Pennsylvania market.  Verizon plans to expand its lineup to more than 100 channels by offering all available major HD programming by year-end. 


  • An industry-leading library of more than 11,000 video-on-demand titles each month, 70 percent of which are free.  In addition, Verizon offers an increasing number of VOD titles in high definition, with plans for 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by the end of the year.


  • An easy-to-use interactive media guide that integrates HD programming, on-demand content and an available digital video recorder along with broadcast television into a seamless user experience.

Programming choices for Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Russian and other multicultural audiences are available in every market, making FiOS TV an outlet for emerging and independent networks to showcase their diverse programming.


Sports fans subscribing to FiOS TV in the Philadelphia region will also receive a host of sports channels, including SportsNet Philadelphia, several ESPN channels, the Fox Soccer Channel, the Big Ten Network and the NFL Network.


Delaware County consumers can check online at www.verizon.com/fiostv  for more information or to request that Verizon contact them when FiOS TV becomes available.  Customers can also call their local Verizon sales office or 1-888-438-3467 to see if they qualify or to order FiOS TV.


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 69 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,600 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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