Verizon Eyes Dallas, Adds Mass. Franchise


Verizon Communications Inc. took steps to expand its Verizon FiOS TV service in Texas on the same day it was awarded a video franchise by the city of Woburn, Mass.

The regional Bell operating company filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas Friday for a franchise to offer FiOS TV to 21 communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Verizon added that it aims to have the service available to nearly 400,000 north Texas households with more than 1 million potential viewers by year-end 2006.

The company launched FiOS TV in Keller, Texas, Sept. 21.

“The progressive legislation in Texas streamlines the ability for us to enter the video market and will bring the citizens of Texas innovative video services and better value,” Verizon president and vice chairman Lawrence T. Babbio said in a prepared statement. “Best of all, this new law will encourage -- rather than discourage -- investment in the state of Texas.”

As for Woburn, John C. Curran, mayor of the city of 37,000, approved Verizon’s franchise Friday.

The RBOC’s franchise agreement with Woburn covers 15 years and contains provisions for financial support and capacity for public- and government-access channels, along with other provisions.