Verizon Scores FiOS First in First State

In a first for the “First State,” as a trio of Delaware towns joined the growing list of communities to grant Verizon Communications Inc. TV franchises to roll out its FiOS TV service.

Councils in Bellefonte, Delaware City and Odessa -- all in New Castle County -- voted unanimously in recent weeks to grant FiOS TV franchises. In all, the communities provide 3,000 potential new customers for the fiber-to-the-home-based TV service. Verizon expects to start offering service there later this year.

Meanwhile, the regional Bell operating company is also in negotiations with other Delaware communities, and it filed an application with the Delaware Public Service Commission for a franchise to offer video services in unincorporated parts of the state.