FiOS Expands Presence in Empire State

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The Board of Trustees for Elmsford, N.Y., unanimously approved a video franchise for Verizon Communications.

And Verizon launched its fiber-to-the-home FiOS TV service in the Westchester County community of Eastchester, N.Y.

Handed down Monday, the Elmsford approval opens another door for the telco to roll out its fiber-to-home FiOS TV service.

“Choice and competition drive innovation, value and service quality, and we will continue to compete for New York consumers' communications, broadband and video business with our FiOS services,” said Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut.

Verizon will be competing against incumbent cable operator Cablevision Systems in Elmsford."Cablevision competes successfully because our Internet is faster, our phone service delivers much more value and our television product is far superior to satellite or telephone-company TV, and Westchester consumers know the difference," Cablevision said in a prepared statement.To date, Verizon has been granted video franchises in 25 other New York communities, including the town of Greenburgh and the villages of Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Eastchester and Mount Kisco in Westchester County; Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack, Grandview-on-Hudson and Clarkstown in Rockland County; and the villages of Massapequa Park, Cedarhurst, Laurel Hollow, Lynbrook, Mineola, East Rockaway, Farmingdale, Valley Stream and Freeport and the towns of Huntington, Smithtown, Hempstead and Oyster Bay on Long Island.

FiOS TV is now available in more than 60 New York communities. Besides New York, Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Maryland.

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