Mayor: Glen Cove Might Soon Have FiOS Service

City is pursuing a franchise agreement with Verizon, Suozzi says.

Verizon FiOS service could be an option citywide in a few months' time.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi spoke of progress in the City's talks with Verizon at the City Council's meeting Tuesday. He was responding to a resident's question about the lack of FiOS service in Glen Cove.

He said his office has been in contact with company representatives who have come to meet with him personally, and an agreement is in the works.

"I brought it to the City Council and we are pursuing a FiOS franchise agreement," said Suozzi. He said the Council has yet to discuss details of the agreement and will need to vote on it, but described the outlook as "very hopeful."

The update comes after six years of back-and-forth with Verizon, according to Suozzi. The lack of a "necessary franchise agreement" has prevented the provider from offering its fiber-optic network to city residents, Suozzi said -- even with much of the city wired for service for years.

Cablevision pays the city an annual operating fee of $100,000. Verizon will need to make an offer before the City can negotiate. It is an offer the City has been waiting six years for, Suozzi said.

A Verizon spokesperson told Patch in June that the company had build-out commitments to other communities, a process that takes time and requires the company to bring its product to new customers one municipality at a time.

The absence of a competitor has long left residents with no option other than Cablevision, and complaints of steep bills and no recourse.

News of the possible deal comes as a relief to residents like Brooke Dixon, who said his Cablevision bill doubled in the four years he's lived in Glen Cove. He's interested in lower rates and faster upload and download speeds since he works online from his home office.

"I don't care if it's Verizon's fault or the City's fault. I'm just glad it's happening," he said Wednesday.

Suozzi indicated that an agreement would be likely before summer.

"If it's going to happen, I suspect it will happen within the next two to three months," Suozzi said.

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Mary Ann February 14, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I hope so!!!!! Im so tired of cablevision!!!!!
Mom of 3 February 15, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Thank God!!!! But since its Ralph that kept it out so long who says they want to deal now?!!!???!!!
Brooke D February 16, 2013 at 02:58 AM
According to the Glen Cove budget, which is available online, Cablevision used to pay the city about 400k/year for the franchise license but it is unclear whether or not that payment actually happens now. Seeing as every resident of Glen Cove could save $100/month for at least 2 years hopefully this happens sooner than later. Something tells me that the hold up is that Verizon does not want to pay that fee for such a small area, in comparison to other cities, but given the 7000+ households in Glen Cove it makes all of the sense in the world to let this happen to save us some $$. Regardless of the franchie payment, this make sense to give us the option.
Amy February 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
I hope this happens. I am sick of being forced to use Cablevision/Optimum. It is a downright monopoly. Plus, cable is so problematic.
Amy February 16, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Where is it written that it is "Ralph that kept it out so long?" Looks to me like Ralph has been working to get FIOS to Glen Cove for over 6 years.
Chris M April 13, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Any update?
Frank April 29, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Hey Micah, is there any update about this?
George Glass June 10, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for this one.I bet we won't see a Fios franchise agreement till after Mayor Suozzi is long gone. He had his chance to bring competition to Glen Cove years ago and blew it trying to play hard ball. Hope I'm wrong, but I just don't believe it.
Brooke D June 22, 2013 at 02:37 PM
I would love an update on this. I was told back in the Fall (after Sandy) that this would most likely be available in a couple of months. Anybody heard anything new?
Mary Ann August 30, 2013 at 08:18 AM
Hello???? any news on Verizon??? Its labor Day weekend. the summer has come and gone!!!
George Glass October 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Go figure 5 days before election,Tom S campaign mail out says he has fought for us to get competition in Glen Cove, and if all goes well we should be able to get Fios t.v.by sometime in the winter. There will be 2 public hearings in Nov. so lets make sure this passes through even if Tom is gone. I still have my doubts, but would love to see a Fios video franchise finalized.


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