Boxborough, Mass., Selectmen Grant Verizon Authority to Offer FiOS TV to Some 2,000 Households

BOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The long wait will soon be over for Boxborough residents eager for more cable TV competition.  Thanks to a vote by the board of selectmen Monday night (Sept. 18) Verizon is now authorized to offer its fiber-optic-powered FiOS TV to local residents.

With some 2,000 households, Boxborough joins a growing number of Massachusetts communities granting Verizon cable franchises.  The company offers FiOS TV in Burlington, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Wenham, Winchester and Woburn, Mass., as well as other locations in New York, California, Texas, Florida, Maryland and Virginia.

Verizon is currently negotiating with town officials to offer FiOS TV to consumers in more than 40 additional Massachusetts communities, where the company has already begun installing its fiber network.  For more information on the Verizon franchise process in the state, log onto www.verizon.com/ma.

Verizon launched FiOS TV Sept. 22, 2005, in Keller, Texas, unveiling a broad collection of all-digital programming with more than 350 total channels and more on the way.  

“The vote by  Boxborough officials moves  the town to the forefront of communities nationwide where consumers will be able to choose their cable provider as easily as they choose their phone company,” said Donna Cupelo, Verizon  region president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  “Competition drives innovation, value and service quality, and it puts the consumer in control.”

Verizon research indicates 87 percent of Massachusetts residents favor more competition and choice for video services.  Independent studies have shown that competition in the video market brings enormous benefits to consumers in the form of reduced prices, better packages and improved service.

“Verizon will compete aggressively for subscribers in Boxborough with our FiOS services, which are fueled by our lightning-fast fiber-optic network,” Cupelo said.

The 15-year franchise agreement between Verizon and Boxborough contains provisions for the network’s future growth; financial support and capacity for educational and government access channels; cable service to government buildings; and other important benefits to the town, including insurance, indemnification and enforcement protections.

FiOS TV is designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and satellite.  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 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.

In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon’s fiber network also 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.* 

* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, 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 55 million customers nationwide.  Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks.  Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.