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Prince William County Crowns FiOS TV

The Board of Supervisors of Virginia’s Prince William County voted Tuesday to award Verizon Communications Inc. a franchise to offer its Verizon FiOS TV service.

Prince William County became the seventh Virginia jurisdiction to grant the regional Bell operating company a cable franchise, joining Fairfax County; the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax; the towns of Herndon and Dumfries; and the Marine Corps Base at Quantico.

Verizon also announced that it began taking orders for Verizon FiOS TV in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, following the Tampa City Council's unanimous decision May 11 to grant the company a franchise.

FiOS TV will initially be available in Beach Park, Seminole, Hyde Park, Sulphur Springs, Bayshore Beautiful, Palma Ceia, New Tampa and areas of the city served by Verizon around the University of South Florida and Temple Terrace, with expansion in the Tampa area slated for the coming weeks.

Verizon launched FiOS TV last September in Keller, Texas, and the telco currently offers the service in parts of California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia.