The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved the first state-issued video-franchise agreement for Verizon Communications’ FiOS TV service last week.
The telco said it will make FiOS TV available to about 100 New Jersey communities -- 316 communities, or 70% of the households in the state, with more to come.
Verizon added that it plans to begin marketing its service to communities in Bergen, Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties in the next few weeks, with additional communities in Essex, Mercer and Union counties to be added in the next couple of months. A list of communities will be announced in early January, the company said.
“With the New Jersey market now open to competition, we will soon offer this service to hundreds of thousands of consumers in about 100 communities, and it will make New Jersey one of the most competitive states in the nation,” Verizon New Jersey president Dennis Bone said in a prepared statement.
Verizon also won video franchises over the past week from the Delaware County municipalities of Middletown and Newtown, Pa.; and Newton, Georgetown and Littleton, Mass.
And the telco launched FiOS TV in Lynn, Marlborough and Needham, Mass.; and to about 15,000 households in parts of Henrico County, Va.