Verizon Gets Trio of Final Franchise OKs

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The New York Public Service Commission gave final approval this week to a trio of video franchises, clearing the way for Verizon Communications to field its FiOS TV service in the Long Island towns of Lynbrook and Mineola and in the Rockland County community of Clarkstown.

So far, Verizon has maintained a perfect track record in getting its local franchise agreements approved by the state utilities board. In all, it now has 12 franchises covering communities on Long Island and in Rockland County.

Elsewhere, Verizon also announced that it will offer FiOS TV service in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2007.

Fed by fiber-to-the-home connections, FiOS TV offers more than 400 video and audio channels, plus an on-demand service featuring 4,700 titles.

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