Verizon Communications said Thursday that it expects to file the first application for a video franchise in New Jersey under the state's newly enacted video-franchise law.
The company said if New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities approves its application, it expects to begin offering television service to some communities in the state as soon as the second half of December.
In its initial filing, Verizon is seeking authorization to offer its Verizon FiOS TV service in 316 communities in New Jersey, covering 2.1 million households. The company said that represents 70% of the homes in the state.
"We will soon serve more communities in New Jersey than any of the current cable-TV operators have served in the past three-and-a-half decades," Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey, said in a prepared statement.
Earlier this week, Verizon reported having 118,000 FiOS TV customers as of Sept. 30, more than doubling its subscribers (www.multichannel.com/article/CA6386511.html).
Verizon currently offers the service in seven states: California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia. The company said it has secured rights in nine states covering 3 million households in 200 markets; New Jersey would be the 10th. The two states where Verizon has franchises but hasn't launched yet are Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Separately Thursday, Verizon said it began offering FiOS TV service to consumers in parts of the Lee Hill district of Spotsylvania County, Va.