Verizon Pops Texas Six-Pack

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Parts of six more Texas communities will see the launch of Verizon Communications Inc.'s Verizon FiOS TV Monday.

The telephone company is expanding into areas of communities closest to its initial market, Keller. Areas that can order service as of Monday are northern Carrollton, eastern Coppell, central Flower Mound, northern Fort Worth, northern Irving and central Lewisville.

Verizon said it will now pass 400,000 north Texas households by the end of 2006, or 33% of its landline customers in the state.

New markets in 2006 will be Allen, Colleyville, Denton, Double Oak, Garland, Grapevine, Hebron, Highland Village, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Plano, Rowlett, Sachse (where the rollout is governed by a local franchise negotiated before this year's passage of statewide operating authority), Southlake, St. Paul, Westlake (also locally franchised) and Wylie.

The actual launch times will be based on local completion of the telco's fiber-to-the-premises network in each community.