I'm sure others like me watch this forum for news of FiOS in their area.
Here in Somers, NY (next to Yorktown) the trucks have been rolling 6 days a week to finish the fiber. I am hopeful this agreement will help my town sign their agreement soon.
From the North County Newshttp://ncnlocal.com/news/ncn_news1.asp
Yorktown signs Verizon agreement
By Anna Lillian Moser
The Yorktown Town Board, in a unanimous 5-0 vote, has agreed to a 15-year cable television contract with Verizon.
Dozens of residents, most Verizon employees living in the area, gathered for a public hearing on the matter Tuesday night, the majority of whom spoke out in favor of the deal. Many of Verizon's employees talked about the benefits of the company's new fiber-optic cable system, FiOS.
I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I am at its speed, said Mike Sheridan, a Yorktown resident and Verizon employee. A yes [vote] tonight is an investment in our future.
The franchise agreement - which took 14 months to negotiate - would allow Verizon to install FiOS cable throughout Yorktown. Today, only 45 percent of the town is able to receive FiOS. Under the agreement Verizon will provide access to the entire town.
Verizon would also provide four public access stations, giving the Lakeland Central School District and the Yorktown Central School District their own channels.
The contract also calls for providing all public buildings within 300 feet of the roadside with free installation. It would also provide Yorktown with $177,000 worth of grants paid in installations. It's up to the town, however, what to do with the money. Leo Sposato, Yorktown School District's director of communications, suggested that the town board look toward providing the school districts with funding for new equipment.
This is a 15-year contract; that's a long time, Sposato said, adding that technology changes rapidly and he didn't want the school districts to be working with archaic media equipment 15 years from now.
Not everyone at the public hearing supported the contract. Francis McVetty, a member of the town's cable TV committee, said that the town should hold off on the agreement until the entire cable committee could weigh in and that Cablevision, Verizon's competitor, could be contacted.
I think we should put this agreement on hold and see what Cablevision has to offer, McVetty said.
According to Councilman Nick Bianco, Cablevision was contacted but refused to negotiate with the town until the Verizon agreement was adopted.
Andrew Fisher, a Cortlandt resident, said his community was victimized by the installation of FiOS cable by Verizon. Fisher claimed that Verizon had subcontracted out the installation of lines, resulting in Internet, phone and existing cable lines being cut and roads being damaged.