Verizon Communications quietly turned on its FiOS TV service in parts of
Washington County, Oregon this week, giving customers in the area an alternative
to cable television incumbent, Comcast.
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The presence of another payTV provider will allow viewers to choose between
different subscription plans and channel lineups, competing Video On Demand
libraries, and varying levels of HDTV programming. The monthly cost of cable TV,
however, isn’t likely to change much, according to Washington County’s cable
“Rates probably will not fall (but) they may be constrained,” commented
regulatory affairs manager, Fred Christ, of the Metropolitan Area Communications
Even without a big drop in rates though, competition is sure to benefit
subscribers. Verizon is offering dozens more channels, and more highdefinition
content than Comcast, in a standard package costing around $48 – that’s $3
cheaper than its cable rival’s most popular package.
Verizon and Comcast have been competing nationally for a greater share of the
regional telecommunications and video market ever since Comcast launched its own
digital telephone service two years ago.