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Verizon Gains Fifth Cable Franchise

Verizon Communications is plowing ahead with plans to compete against cable in the video market. Earlier this week the Baby Bell picked up its fifth cable franchise in the past three months, gaining approval from the city of Keller, TX. Keller's City Council unanimously approved the franchise Tuesday night, putting Verizon on the same legal footing as incumbent cable operator Charter Communications. The move is particularly significant because Keller is where Verizon first launched its effort to build a vast fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to deliver video, high-speed data and voice services throughout its territories. Verizon officials say their fiber-rich plant now passes 16,000 homes in the Dallas suburb. Under the brand name of FiOS, Verizon has been offering superfast data service in the Keller area since last August. Verizon, which has been marketing its new broadband offering in parts of Texas, California, Florida and Virginia, also expanded its FTTP reach to two towns in the Washington, D.C. suburbs earlier this week. Plans call for the phone company to start rolling out its FiOS TV package in the second half of the year.
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