Verizon Video Franchise Approvals Move Residents of Four North Hills, Pa., Communities Closer to TV Choice, Competition

PITTSBURGH - Residents in Etna, Fox Chapel, Ohio Township and parts of West Deer are a major step closer to having a real alternative for their television services, thanks to recent votes by municipal officials authorizing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service in their communities.

The franchise agreements cover more than 16,700 households in these communities, which are part of the North Hills Council of Governments (COG), a coalition representing 20 municipalities in northern Allegheny and southern Butler counties. 

"With each cable franchise approval Verizon gets, consumers get closer to much-desired choice and competition for their TV service," said William B. Petersen, president of Verizon Pennsylvania.  "FiOS TV offers an innovative and reliable alternative to the incumbent cable provider that is long overdue."

Verizon delivers FiOS TV over the most advanced all-digital, fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes and plans to begin offering the service later this year in area communities where it has obtained franchises from local authorities.

The company expects to finalize agreements with dozens of other area municipalities in the coming months, including 11 more municipalities represented by the North Hills COG.  In southeastern Pennsylvania to date, 143 municipalities in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties have awarded Verizon franchises covering more than 635,000 households, and Verizon currently is offering FiOS TV to more than 260,000 households there.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, dozens of high-definition channels, access to over 8,600 video-on-demand titles and more.  It is delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises 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 life-like and intense that it seems to leap from the screen.

In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon's all-fiber network allows the company to offer consumers and businesses high-speed FiOS Internet service at download speeds of up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps.*  FiOS Internet service currently is available to many consumers and small businesses in more than 90 southwestern Pennsylvania communities.

* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

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