Verizon Wins N.J. Franchise


Verizon Communications said it plans to begin marketing its FiOS TV service to about 100 New Jersey communities following approval Friday by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities of the first state-issued video-franchise deal for Verizon.

During the next few weeks, Verizon said it plans to begin marketing FiOS TV to towns in Bergen, Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties. And in the next few months, it will add communities in Essex, Mercer and Union Counties.

The entrance of FiOS TV in the Garden State spells more competition for incumbent cable operators, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems.

Cablevision took a shot at Verizon’s plans in a statement it issued Friday. "Verizon plans to sell a me-too television product that offers nothing new to consumers, and all of its services are subject to the substantial hidden fees and taxes that people have come to expect from the phone company,” Cablevision spokesman Patrick MacElroy said.