Verizon got approval from city councils in Bothell and Edmonds, Washington yesterday.This will allow Verizon to expand its FiOS fiber-optic television/internet/voice services to residents. FiOS offers 400 digital channels along with high-definition channels and VOD (video-on-demand.)
The votes give Verizon the authority to offer FiOS TV to 13,500 households in Bothell and 17,500 households in Edmonds. Verizon currently provides FiOS TV in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.
“Approval of Verizon’s video franchise is great news for the residents of Bothell and Everett, who will soon have more choice for their video entertainment,” said David S. Valdez, senior vice president for Verizon’s Pacific Northwest region.” He added, “We look forward to reaching similar agreements with other Washington communities.”
Verizon recently announced it would be shooting for 1,000 HD VOD choices by the end of this year. The company currently has a library of 10,000 VOD choices with 70% of them being free-of-charge.