More Franchises, Launches for FiOS TV

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Verizon Communications’ FiOS TV is tuning in three more communities north of Boston and landed yet another franchise in the Bay State, along with franchises in Pennsylvania and California.

The regional Bell operating company announced Thursday that it is marketing the TV service delivered via fiber-optic connections to Burlington, North Reading and Winchester, Mass., extending its reach to another 57,500 potential viewers. That brings the FiOS TV count in Massachusetts to six, including Lynnfield, Reading and Woburn.

As part of the service rollout, Verizon is offering a bundle of FiOS TV, FiOS high-speed Internet and the Verizon Freedom Value unlimited calling plan for $104.85 per month.

At the same time, Verizon landed yet another franchise approval from the town of Stoneham, Mass. The Board of Selectmen Tuesday approved the 10-year franchise to extend FiOS TV service to the community of 22,000.

On Wednesday night, the Borough Council of the Montgomery County borough of Hatfield, Pa., granted the telco a video franchise to offer FiOS TV.

Hatfield, which brings Verizon nearly 225,000 potential subscribers, joined 10 other Pennsylvania municipalities on the regional Bell operating company’s franchise list: four in Montgomery County -- the boroughs of Lansdale and Schwenksville and the townships of Worcester and Perkiomen -- and others in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties

As for California, the cities of Perris and Temecula awarded Verizon video franchises in separate City Council votes Tuesday night.

Perris, with approximately 10,000 households, and Temecula, with nearly 20,000, became the seventh and eighth California communities to approve video-franchise applications from the RBOC.

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