Verizon FiOS TV Continues to Expand

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Verizon Communications announced franchises for its FiOS TV service in Newport News, Va., and Old Field, N.Y., and the service’s launch in southwestern Pasco County, Fla.

The Newport News franchise covers more than 70,000 households in the city, and the telco will compete with Comcast. Newport News joins 18 other Virginia municipalities on Verizon’s list.

In the Long Island village of Old Field, FiOS TV will take on Cablevision Systems, bringing its total number of New York communities that have approved franchises to 44.

"Cablevision competes successfully every day for television, Internet and phone customers,” the MSO said in a prepared statement. “Our customers love our products because we have invested billions of dollars to build the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network offering the best services at the greatest value and without the strings or surprises customers have come to expect from our competitors."

And the more than 10,000 new households in southwestern Pasco County join the more than 66,000 households that already had access to FiOS TV.