Verizon brings FiOS to Allentown

Perhaps if Billy Joel knew about Verizon FiOS back in 1981, his famous song "Allentown" might sound something like, "they're bringing fiber into Allentown." Verizon will bring its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP)-based FiOS service to segments of Allentown, Pa. beginning in November.

The Allentown City Council recently gave Verizon the green light to offer its fiber-based TV and Internet service in the region under a 10-year deal. Allentown is the first area in the Lehigh Valley area to get the service. Under the terms of the agreement that Verizon carved out with the City Council, Verizon will initially roll out the service in the city's downtown area while the rest of Allentown will be able to access the service within eight years.

In Allentown, Verizon will face off against well-entrenched cable operators Service Electric Cable TV & Communications and RCN. By approving Verizon's entry into their city, Allentown city leaders believe it will create a more competitive market for TV and Internet services.

For more:
- The Morning Call has this article

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