Verizon files video franchise application in Wilmington, DE

Verizon filed a video franchise application Nov. 20 in Wilmington, DE, seeking a 10-year franchise to offer area residents and businesses its fiber-optic-based FiOS TV service.

The Wilmington Cable, Video and Telecommunications Commission, city council Finance Committee and full council will consider the application and subsequently vote on whether to approve it.

The application follows several months of discussions between Verizon and city representatives. Based in part on those discussions, Verizon has committed to make FiOS TV available throughout Wilmington within five years of the date the service is first offered in the city.

The franchise application also provides the city with up to three educational and governmental access channels; payment of franchise fees equivalent to 5 percent of gross revenues; financial support for the city's educational and governmental channels and institutional network; a set of customer service provisions; and a service center in the city.

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