Glen Cove residents have asked about making Verizon FiOS television service an option citywide for years, but it doesn't look like it will be made available any time soon.
It isn't because the city hasn't tried, said mayor Ralph Suozzi. Over the past several years with Verizon representatives three times to attempt an agreement about moving the provider into the city.
Verizon has refrained from providing any solid offers as to an operating fee like the $100,000 Cablevision pays to make a profit in Glen Cove, Suozzi said.
Another impediment is that FiOS cable has not been installed to 100 percent of the city. The company said that would have to be completed before any plans to offer service are possible.
Where FiOS goes next is something being decided one municipality at a time, the company said.
“We already have build-out commitments to other municipalities,” said Verizon spokesperson John Bonomo. “Within five years we need to get them at 100 percent.”
He said the company is focusing on making progress in those places rather than seeking out new franchises at this time.
“To get a provider out somewhere sounds simple and easy, but there’s really a lot more behind it,” Bonomo said.
Still, would like to see FiOS an option.
“It would bring competition,” Suozzi said. “It could bring prices down, and we’re trying to make the residents happy.”
He said City Hall continues to keep in regular contact with Verizon about the issue, and they are encouraging residents to do the same.
“The demand will bring the business,” said Suozzi.