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Towson Leaders Urge Faster Verizon FIOS Implementation

The service is currently not slated to be implemented throughout Towson until March 2016.

Two Towson leaders are urging Verizon to speed up implemetation of FIOS service throughout the community. 

Although some Towson neighborhoods already have the service, which provides telephone, internet and television access over a fiber-optic communications network, Verizon does not have to provide FIOS for the whole town until March 2016, according to a franchise agreement.

Paul Hartman, who represents Towson on the Baltimore County Telecommunications Advisory Council, asked a Verizon official last week to consider hastening the process, according to an email from Councilman David Marks.

Hartman, who is also the incoming Greater Towson Council of Community Associations president, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Marks sent a letter to a Verizon official also encouraging faster implementation.

"Towson is Baltimore County's seat of government," Marks wrote in the letter. "It is home to Towson University and Goucher College, and it is a center of law, medicine and other important activities. Towson is the most densely populated part of Baltimore County, and quite frankly, it seems baffling to many residents why it still is not completely served by Verizon FIOS."

Marks said the Baltimore County Council would have to approve a resolution to speed up the process.

M. Sullivan November 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Maybe not everyone needs FIOS. Maybe DSL or even Dialup has enough speed for the sort of use they need. Why would these people want to pay more money for performance they don't need? One thing they don't tell you about FIOS is that fiber optic lines can't power your phone. When we lose power for days, we have an old corded phone that still works the whole time. With FIOS, you can pay extra for a battery backup that will last for about 8 hours.
Paul Hartman November 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM
No one is requiring anyone to sign up for FiOS. Other services may be perfectly adequate or preferable for some people. But it should be an option for those who want it, it's in the franchise agreement.
jan o'brien November 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
When I asked why I could not get FIOS a couple of years ago, I was told by a Verizon worker that it was because my house is serviced by the Verizon substation located in Govans. Those customers will never be able to get FIOS because of that. Wondering if this is true. I would certainly like the choice. I hate Comcast, so have Directv.

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