TV Viewers in Rockland County Village of Upper Nyack Get Competition for Cable

NEW YORK - Television viewers in Upper Nyack, NY will soon have a great new choice for subscription television, following the Village Board of Trustees' vote Thursday night (March 16) to award a video franchise to Verizon for its FiOS TV product. FiOS TV is Verizon's state-of-the-art, all-digital fiber optic television service that beats cable on picture quality, program choice, usability and value. It is delivered via the company's new, fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.

Customers in Upper Nyack join several other Rockland County and Long Island communities as they pave the way for improved competition in the cable television market. The Villages of Nyack and South Nyack voted last November to award video franchises to Verizon, and earlier this week residents in those two towns began ordering the company's FiOS TV service. The Long Island community of Massapequa Park voted Sept. 26, 2005, to grant Verizon the first franchise in the state. As with all local franchise approvals in New York, the approval by Upper Nyack is subject to review by the New York Public Service Commission.

Verizon has also obtained video franchises for communities in California, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as state-issued franchises in Texas, Virginia and Indiana.

"This is great news for the residents of Upper Nyack, who will have more choice for their video entertainment," said Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut. "Verizon commends the village trustees, Mayor Michael Esmay and Village Attorney Robert P. Lewis for their help throughout this process. They recognize and support the technological advantage and competitive benefits, as well as the distinctive edge in economic development and quality of life that fiber will bring to Upper Nyack.

"We look forward to similarly successful negotiations with other municipalities in Rockland County and elsewhere in the state," said Azare.

The village trustees' decision gives Verizon the authority to offer FiOS TV to the more than 700 households in Upper Nyack. Many Verizon customers here are already enjoying FiOS Internet Service, which delivers blazing-fast download speeds ranging from 5 Mbps to up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second).*

Verizon launched FiOS TV Sept. 22, 2005, in Keller, Texas, unveiling a broad collection of all-digital programming with more than 390 total channels and more on the way. Availability plans for FiOS TV in Upper Nyack will be announced soon.

Under the franchise agreement, which covers 15 years, Verizon will provide service to the entire village once the company's fiber network is completed. In addition, the agreement contains provisions for the network's future growth; financial support and capacity for public and governmental access channels; and other important provisions.

FiOS TV is a state-of-the-art video service designed to be a formidable competitor with cable and satellite. It is delivered over Verizon's FTTP network, which has industry-leading quality and reliability. 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. Verizon's network design includes backup facilities not common to traditional cable systems, such as duplicate "head ends" where the TV service receives national programming.

The Verizon FTTP network, the largest of its kind in the country, is currently under construction in more than half of the states where the company offers landline communications services, including more than 200 New York communities.

FiOS TV will deliver a wide range of programming designed to meet the entertainment and information needs of the mid-Hudson region's diverse population. Customers will be able to buy FiOS TV as a stand-alone service or packaged with voice and FiOS Internet Service. Verizon has announced video content agreements with major and independent network groups, including NBC Universal Cable, The Walt Disney Company, MTV Networks, BET, Starz Entertainment Group, Showtime Networks, Turner Broadcasting System, A&E Television Networks, TV One, Discovery Networks, SiTV and NFL Network.

* NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary

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