Verizon Brings New Alternative for TV to Hopedale, Mass.

Residents and businesses in Hopedale can now order Verizon's FiOS TV - the ultimate home-entertainment experience with a broad range of programming choices and superior picture quality.

The Hopedale Board of Selectmen on Monday (Dec. 6) granted a cable franchise to Verizon, authorizing video choice for thousands of households in the town.

The board's authorization brings to 109 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is available, or soon will be.

Verizon FiOS is the only TV service delivered over the nation's most advanced all-fiber network directly connecting to millions of individual homes and businesses, and providing customers with more channels, more high-definition programming, more video on demand and faster Internet speeds than old-fashioned cable TV.

Verizon is offering a triple-play bundle that features FiOS TV, FiOS Internet and reliable telephone service for as low as $99.99 per month. 

In addition, new FiOS consumers who order a Verizon bundle as part of a two-year contract can take advantage of the Worry-Free Guarantee, allowing them to cancel their service within 30 days of the date of activation, with no termination fee.    

"Hopedale is a new TV market for Verizon, and our customers here, at long last, will have a better choice for TV," said Bob Driscoll, Verizon sales vice president for the company's Northeast region.  "Today, they join consumers in thousands of other communities in the Northeast and across the country in experiencing revolutionary TV.  With Verizon's fiber-optic network, innovations like the FiOS TV multi-room DVR and on-screen Twitter and Facebook Widget applications offer customers an experience cable can't match."  

Driscoll said that Verizon is spreading the exciting news throughout the community through print and online advertising as well as posting flyers and hosting local events.

FiOS TV offers more than 520 all-digital channels, including more than 138 high-definition (HD) channels in Hopedale - more HD channels than the area's current cable provider, Comcast.

"Our advanced fiber-optic network was built for HD, providing a high-def experience that cable can't touch," said Driscoll.  "With all-fiber connections running straight to their homes and businesses, viewers get eye-popping, jaw-dropping TV in both standard and high definition."

FiOS TV Service Highlights

FiOS TV customers receive many added benefits that are included in their service at no additional cost.  For example, FiOS TV includes 18,000 monthly video-on-demand titles (70 percent of which are free), including 3,300 in HD, and next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social networking, news and entertainment widgets; DVR management via broadband or cell phone; and more.

In addition, Verizon offers a FiOS TV Home Media DVR, which enables families to view, record, pause and rewind programming on up to three TVs in the home at the same time.  All FiOS TV HD customers also have access to Media Manager, free software that lets users access on their TVs personal videos, photos and music stored on their home computers   Customers can also watch online videos from YouTube, blip.tv and Dailymotion and stream Internet Radio music from the PC to the TV.

FiOS TV is delivered over Verizon's all-fiber-optic network, which brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability.  The fiber network also offers FiOS Internet Service, which delivers downstream speeds of up to 150 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream speeds of up to 35 Mbps, as well as high-quality voice services. 

Free Verizon Wi-Fi access at thousands of locations across the U.S. is available for FiOS Internet customers with packages of up to 20 Mbps or faster.  Wi-Fi hot spot locations include hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers and other public locations across the U.S.  For a list of hot spot locations, visit www.verizon.com/hotspots.

Verizon FiOS customers also have access to the Verizon In-Home Agent, a free application that gives subscribers valuable tools to set up services, configure Wi-Fi links, set up and manage voice mail, auto-fix video problems, and trouble-shoot and correct Internet issues -- all with the simple click of a mouse.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 93 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 195,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.