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County Executive Janet Owens Signs Cable Franchise Agreement with Verizon

Waits on County Council for Approval

Annapolis, MD (June 1, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, along with Verizon Maryland President William R. Roberts, announced at a press conference another choice for cable users in the County.

"Competition is good for consumers and leads to competitive pricing and improved quality," said Ms. Owens. "We urge the county council to approve this agreement, so Anne Arundel County consumers can reap the benefits of cable competition."

After nearly eleven months of negotiations for additional cable service, Anne Arundel County Executive Owens signed an agreement that will enable Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service in the county. Verizon offers FiOS TV over its all-digital, fiber-optic network upgrade currently underway in Anne Arundel County and other parts of Maryland.

The Verizon Franchise agreement was introduced to the Anne Arundel County Council on May 30, 2006 and the franchise agreement now moves to the County Council for approval at a public hearing June 19th.

With council approval, Verizon’s FiOS TV service could be available to Anne Arundel County residents within the next several months.

"We have negotiated a strong, fair agreement that paves the way for more choice and competition in Anne Arundel County," said Mr. Roberts. "Consumers who liked what FiOS did for their Internet connection will love what it does for their TV. We’ve harnessed the speed and capacity of broadband with the power of broadcast to create a revolutionary new entertainment experience."

FiOS TV currently is available in Howard County in Maryland, as well as parts of California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia. Verizon must obtain franchises before it can offer cable service in the county.


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