Verizon Cable TV Is OK'd In Pasco (1 Viewer)


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Apr 18, 2005
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TAMPA - Pasco County officials Tuesday gave Verizon Communications Inc. approval to start selling cable TV service in the county, a move that will give tens of thousands of residents a second choice for cable TV.

For Verizon, the unanimous vote gives further momentum to an expensive cable TV project, and an entry into a fast-developing area dominated by cable provider Bright House Networks.

"We're very happy and this is another domino down," Verizon spokesman Bob Elek said.

Verizon, based in New York, has spent about $500 million in the past two years building new fiber optic networks across four area counties to offer combined telephone, high-speed Internet and cable TV service.

Hillsborough County and the city of Temple Terrace already gave Verizon approval to sell the cable TV portion of that three-way service in those areas.

Tuesday's approval in Pasco County gives Verizon immediate access to more than 35,000 households where the company has completed network construction, including areas of Wesley Chapel.

Construction is under way in other Pasco areas such as Keystone, Lutz and Land O' Lakes, and those areas could have Verizon's video service available in the next few months, Verizon officials said.

Under the 10-year deal, Verizon will pay $50,000 initially to the county to help defray cost for such things as three public access channels, plus 19 cents per subscriber per month as the company signs up new customers.

Verizon is negotiating with city of Tampa officials on a similar video franchise deal, and the city council could review the proposed agreement as early as Thursday.

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