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When will Wilmington get Verizon FiOS?

Cecil Hester
StarNews

At this time, there are currently no plans to launch Verizon FiOS into the state of North Carolina, a Verizon representative told us. However, FiOS is available in 13 other states in the U.S.

The reason North Carolina has not received FiOS is because of the corporate merger that occurred between Frontier Communications and Verizon in May 2009, which caused Frontier to gain control over Verizon.

Frontier signed an $8.6 billion agreement with Verizon to acquire 4.8 million landlines for states that have Verizon services. One of the states was North Carolina, which means Frontier will decide when FIOS will be incorporated into North Carolina.

Verizon FIOS is a bundled service, which includes Internet access, telephone and television services. FIOS is operated over a fiber optic communications network.

NOTE: We’ve actually answered this question twice before. Here’s how Wayne Faulkner answered it on Nov. 13, 2009.

Verizon Communications will not be offering Fios in the Wilmington area.

They only offer it in the 16 states where they historically have offered Verizon land line phone service, says Bob Elek, spokesman for Verizon Communications in Tampa.

A note: Verizon Communications is a separate company from Verizon Wireless.

Elek says that Verizon Communications will not offer Fios even in the areas of North Carolina where it has customers — Raleigh/Durham, for example.

And here’s how Burke Speaker answered it on July 14, 2009:

Fiber-based Wireline (FiOS) is one of the fatest-growing parts of the Verizon landline business, but don’t expect it to grow into Wilmington or even North Carolina any day soon.

“Verizon has no plans at this time to deploy FiOS in North Carolina,” said Sandy Arnette, the media relations manager for Verizon’s Southeast Region.

Dubbed “the internet service that keeps pace with your life,” FiOS is a broadband service designed to provide Internet access with maximum connection speeds, found in more densely populated markets.

Although North Carolina will not be a recipient of this new service, Verizon does have plans to divest its wireline businesses in 14 states to Frontier Communications, a premier rural communications provider, and the state is a part of this transaction.

“We will be the largest provider of voice, broadband and video services focused on rural to smaller city markets in the United States,” said Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are confident that we can dramatically accelerate the penetration of broadband in these new markets.”

The anticipated transaction date is May 2010 and includes Verizon’s switched and special access lines, as well as its Internet service and long-distance voice accounts. The services of Verizon Wireless is not included in this transaction.

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