of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Cable Television
3007 Tilden Street, N.W., Pod-P
Washington, D.C. 20008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
CONTACT: Kenneth Borden 202.671.0057, Kenneth.Borden@dc.gov
Mayor Fenty Welcomes
Additional Cable Options to the District
Mayor Fenty, City Officials and Verizon Launch District-Wide All-Fiber
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, along
with Office of Cable Television (OCT) Director Eric E. Richardson
and Verizon Washington, D.C. President William R. Roberts today
launched the District-wide upgrade of Verizon's existing network
to a state-of-the art fiber optic network (FiOS) providing District
residents with more cable television options. This phase of the
District-wide build out of the FiOS network ensures that the first
service areas of District residents and businesses will have access
to FiOS TV and Internet by year's end.
"District residents and businesses
have eagerly awaited an additional choice for their video services
and the benefits that competition affords consumers, and that day
is nearing," said Mayor Fenty. "As one of the country's
most technology-rich markets we look forward to the deployment of
the latest video and broadband technology."
Held in the 1600 block of 19th Street,
S.E., a residential neighborhood near Minnesota Avenue where the
network upgrade has already begun, the launch included a ribbon-cutting
ceremony and a demonstration of the splicing operation of hair-thin
fiber-optic strands that Verizon technicians perform as part of
the network upgrade. The partnership with Verizon is part of the
District's commitment to ensuring residents have expanded options
when it comes to cable television services.
"The countdown to FiOS continues
in the nation's capital and our employees will be working hard over
the next few years to bring the benefits of FiOS services throughout
the District," said Roberts.
According to the franchise agreement
finalized April 30, 2009, Verizon will offer FiOS service within
three years of the franchise's effective date to all residents in
an initial service area that includes parts of the Barry Farm, Brightwood,
Columbia Heights, Crestwood, Fort Stanton, Friendship Heights, Historic
Anacostia, Petworth, Shepherd Park, Sheridan, Tenleytown, Van Ness
and Woodley Park neighborhoods.
Verizon will expand its FiOS service
availability within six years to an extended service area that will
include parts of the Adams Morgan, Benning Heights, Buzzard Point,
Deanwood, Dupont Circle, Eastland Gardens, Ft. McNair, Lincoln Heights,
Logan Circle, Shaw and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods.
Verizon will make its services available
throughout the rest of the District within nine years of the franchise
effective date, subject to a possible extension of one year based
on certain success-based criteria.
"It's great to see the results of many months of hard work
finally unfold as Verizon begins its network upgrade," said
OCT Director Eric Richardson.
With today's announcement, the District
has three cable television providers, Comcast of the District, RCN
Communications and Verizon Washington, DC Inc. The District is at
the forefront of providing its citizens with direct cable competition
and is one of the few markets in the country where its citizens
have a choice between three cable television providers. In many
markets direct competition between cable companies has lead to decreased
prices, a greater variety of programming choices, increased quality
of service, and the introduction of more advanced services (both
video and non-video).
For more information regarding OCT,
please visit the agencys website: