Verizon Files in Texas for State-Issued Franchise

Sep 30, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Verizon Communications said Friday that it filed for a state-issued franchise with the Texas Public Utility Commission to begin offering its FiOS video service to 21 communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area as part of a strategy to speed up the deployment of the company’s new subscription television service.

The move comes just weeks after the state legislature in Texas passed a bill that allowed Verizon and SBC Communications to seek a franchise for video services at the state level. Previously, Verizon and SBC would have been required to negotiate with each community in which it planned to roll out the service-a long, arduous process.

Verizon already has franchise agreements with the Texas communities of Keller, Sachse, Westlake and Wylie and as of Sept. 22 began offering the FiOS service to Keller residents.

The company is now seeking approvals to offer the service in several communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Plano, Garland, Irving and Fort Worth.