Another Washington Community Approves FiOS Franchise


The Snohomish County Council Wednesday became the 10th local government in the Evergreen State to approve a video franchise for Verizon’s FiOS, joining the likes of Lynwood, Wash. and Everett, Wash. in


the fiber-optic TV service.

Verizon plans to begin offering FiOS TV in Washington later this year.

“Approval of Verizon's video franchise is great news for the residents of Snohomish County, who will soon have more choice for their video entertainment,” David Valdez, senior vice president for Verizon’s Pacific Northwest region, said in a statement. “We commend the county executive, the County Council and their staff for their dedication and hard work throughout this process.”

The franchise vote gives Verizon the authority to offer FiOS TV to up to 80,000 households in Snohomish County. Verizon customers in Washington are already subscribing to FiOS Internet service, which delivers download speeds up to 50 Mbps.

Verizon already provides FiOS TV in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.