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FiOS Service Remains Elusive for Glen Cove

Negotiations between the city and Verizon are where they were three years ago, Suozzi says.

Glen Cove residents have asked  about making Verizon FiOS television service an option citywide for years, but it doesn't look like it will be made available any time soon.

It isn't because the city hasn't tried, said mayor Ralph Suozzi. Over the past several years with Verizon representatives three times to attempt an agreement about moving the provider into the city. 

Verizon has refrained from providing any solid offers as to an operating fee like the $100,000 Cablevision pays to make a profit in Glen Cove, Suozzi said.

Another impediment is that FiOS cable has not been installed to 100 percent of the city. The company said that would have to be completed before any plans to offer service are possible. 

Where FiOS goes next is something being decided one municipality at a time, the company said.

“We already have build-out commitments to other municipalities,” said Verizon spokesperson John Bonomo. “Within five years we need to get them at 100 percent.”

He said the company is focusing on making progress in those places rather than seeking out new franchises at this time.

“To get a provider out somewhere sounds simple and easy, but there’s really a lot more behind it,” Bonomo said.

Still, would like to see FiOS an option.

“It would bring competition,” Suozzi said. “It could bring prices down, and we’re trying to make the residents happy.”

He said City Hall continues to keep in regular contact with Verizon about the issue, and they are encouraging residents to do the same.

“The demand will bring the business,” said Suozzi.

maria September 28, 2012 at 04:44 PM
"Cablevision, its political action committee and owners, the Dolan family, had been one of Suozzi’s biggest campaign contributors throughout his career—donating nearly $200,000 to Suozzi’s political aspirations since 2006, according to NYS Board of Elections financial disclosure records."
David September 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
It's Tom that works there.
David September 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
What does this budget line mean on page 18 A1310-41170 CABLE TV FRANCHISE 2012 430,000
George Glass June 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM
b.s. fios is available in Glen Cove.The video is not because that is where Glen Cove gets a piece of the pie. Verizon would be able to offer video as long as the city agrees to a video franchise agreement. So it seems that the cash strapped city is looking to get some cash from Verizon, and Verizon just isn't willing to pony up. So while the mayor plays hardball , and 98% of Nassau county has options, Glen Cove is left with Cablevision as its only option for a voice, video, data bundle.
Michelle Grace August 08, 2013 at 03:54 AM
uhh... aka socialism? fabulous.

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