FiOS could arrive in Aspinwall
Aspinwall residents soon could have another choice for cable service.
Officials are finalizing a cable franchise agreement with Verizon to bring the company's FiOS service to the borough.
The service would be available for about 90 percent of residents in the community.
Verizon officials said they could not commit to eventually reaching the rest of the community, and they did not want to commit to an agreement that would require them to provide service to 100 percent of the borough residents.
“At this point, we're not making any commitment to that,” Bill Carnahan, vice president of external affairs for Verizon, said.
Carnahan said Aspinwall was approached about an agreement because technology to provide the cable service is available.
“We already had the investment in the Sharpsburg wire center, so, therefore, we can service a lot of the customers and meet that demand and create cable competition,” Carnahan said.
Two of the areas not being served are the River Oaks complex and a development on the site of a former high school.
Any agreement with Verizon would not affect the borough's existing cable franchise agreement with Comcast.
Council President Mark Ellermeyer said borough officials did attempt to get complete coverage of the borough into the agreement.
Even though that was not possible, officials wanted to provide the service from Verizon to as much of the town as possible, he said.
“There are folks here who would benefit from having the service and I think even those of us on Comcast would benefit from the competition,” Ellermeyer said.
Council and Verizon officials are finalizing the agreement. If it is approved, Verizon representatives said, the service should be available quickly.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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