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Linglestown Gazette: Gazette mailbag: Verizon FIOS inquiry

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Gazette mailbag: Verizon FIOS inquiry

Do you have any info on when Verizon FIOS Internet/TV will be available in Linglestown? I've heard some in Lower Paxton have it already.

Verizon is actively marketing FIOS Internet service in Lower Paxton Township, but FIOS TV service is not available yet because the company has not obtained a cable TV franchise agreement from the township. FIOS is an abbreviation for fiber-optic service.

Comcast currently is the only cable TV franchisee in Linglestown and throughout the township.

Verizon has deployed its TV service in parts of the Philadelphia region, and will soon offer service in the Pittsburgh region. No time frame has been announced for bringing FIOS TV to the Harrisburg region, according to a Verizon phone representative.

In Pennsylvania, cable TV providers must acquire a franchise agreement from a municipality prior to offering service in a town or city. This is a big stumbling block for startup operations like Verizon because the state has well over 1,500 municipalities.

Verizon is seeking a change in state law that would authorize a statewide franchise agreement. The legislation is not high on the state Legislature's to-do list this fall, and cable TV companies are lobbying against the proposal.


At 8:57 PM, Anonymous EyeVertex said...

Our family has had it for about 1.5 years now (just off of Colonial Road). It's currently being installed in some of the neighborhoods between Colonial Rd and Parkway West north of Linglestown Rd.

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Q said...

What's your opinion of it? Monthly charge?

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous EyeVertex said...

I've been really happy with the service. Its been rock-solid, I can't recall any outages from the time I signed up. My monthly charge is around $35. The installation to the house took a few hours and has to be done by the Verizon installers since they have to install what they call an OTP (optical network terminal) Basically a weathertight box that converts the optical signal to a digital one that can be used on copper CAT5 cables. I had them place mine in my attic, but I've seen some placed outside.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger B said...

I've had here in the "Blue" roads since January 2006. Service is absolutely A1-perfect.

Runs around $35 a month - still cheaper then the cable modem from Comcast was 2 years ago!

I can't wait until the TV hits next year - I'll be signing up on day 1.


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