Verizon Communications wasted no time applying for a state franchise, mapping deployment for 12 service regions in Southern California.
The telco was able to make the application once the state's Public Utilities Commission solidified its administrative rules for the process. That was completed March 1, and the company submitted its paperwork March 2.
The state filing indicated that the next deployments will be Victorville/Apple Valley in San Bernardino County, listed as Region 1 in Verizon's application. The other intended service areas: Region 2, Ventura and Los Angeles County coastal communities from Camarillo through Malibu; Region 3, Santa Monica; Region 4, Los Angeles County coastal communities from Manhattan Beach through Rolling Hills; Region 5, Los Angeles and Orange county coastal communities from Long Beach through Huntington Beach, and north to Norwalk; Regions 6 and 7, East Los Angeles County from Walnut and Diamond Bar north to Claremont and into Western San Bernardino County. This region also includes Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and part of unincorporated Riverside County.
Regions 8 and 9 cover most of the rest of Riverside County. Regions 11 and 12 include Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs.
Verizon will compete in these areas mostly with Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and Cox Communications. Those operators can apply for state franchises in the face of competition, but not until January 2008, according to the new PUC rules.