Verizon Gets FiOS Franchises in Pa., Mass.


Verizon Communications Inc. won franchises to offer its FiOS TV multichannel-video service in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Monday night.

The West Chester (Pa.) Area Council of Governments -- which represents the borough of West Chester and the townships of East Bradford, East Goshen, West Goshen, Thornbury and Westtown -- voted to recommending that each member community authorize the regional Bell operating company to offer Verizon FiOS TV.

Eight other southeastern Pennsylvania communities have awarded cable franchises to Verizon: the townships of Valley and East Marlborough and the borough of Modena in Chester County; Hulmeville Borough in Bucks County; Thornbury Township in Delaware County; the boroughs of Lansdale and Schwenksville; and the township of Worcester in Montgomery County.

And the Wakefield, Mass., Board of Selectmen Monday night authorized the phone company to offer FiOS TV in a fourth Massachusetts community.

Verizon said it obtained a 15-year franchise agreement, adding that Wakefield contained more than 25,000 “potential viewers.”

Woburn, Reading and Lynnfield, Mass., earlier approved video franchises for Verizon.