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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 4, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Finally, Puget Sound region getting Verizon FiOS TV service next week

Verizon will finally start offering its fiber-optic “FiOS” TV service next week in the Puget Sound region, at least partially.

About 200,000 homes in Washington now have access to FiOS broadband. The TV service is coming to many of those homes by Sept. 12 at the latest, but it won’t reach all of them initially, spokesman Jon Davies said.

Verizon still doesn’t have video franchise licenses in all the areas where it operates here. It’s been going city to city, securing franchises it needs to add TV services. Maybe next week’s launch will put pressure on cities that are still negotiating.

Franchises were approved this week in Redmond, Mukilteo and Mountlake Terrace. Earlier they were granted in Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Marysville, Woodinville, Woodway and Snohomish County. A deal being negotiated is for service in unincorporated King County.

Verizon’s basic bundle sounds like a great deal: For $99 per month, it includes voice service, 10 megabits per second broadband and 400 TV channels delivered over the same fiber optic line. High definition costs more, since it requires a different set-top box, and the number of HD channels is still being expanded.

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