After two years of digging up streets to lay fiber-optic cables, Verizon FiOS TV is now available to 85,000 homes in Orange County, according to Jon Davies, a spokesman for much sought-after TV service.
That’s up 35 percent from two years ago, when FiOS TV first entered the county and offered service to 63,100 homes.
Now if we take the number of housing units in Orange County –1,023,194 in 2007, according to the U.S. Census — that means the county is about 8.5 percent FiOS TV-ready.
This is a hopeful, yet disappointing number based on the fact that last week, Verizon said 1 million homes in California were now FiOS TV-friendly. The majority of those were supposed to be in Orange County and Los Angeles. But with a scant 85,000 in O.C., I’m left to assume that L.A. nabbed the bulk of the FiOS installations.
Davies also offered an updated list of O.C. cities that have some FiOS TV service (without actual numbers since he can no longer disclose them), which I’ve compared to the original figures from 2007:
|Fountain Valley: 300 homes||Brea|
|Huntington Beach: 40,000||Cypress|
|Westminster: 12,500||Fountain Valley|
|Garden Grove: 5,300||Garden Grove|
|Stanton: 1,500||Huntington Beach|
|Unincorporated: 3,500||La Habra|
|Total = 63,100||Los Alamitos|
|Seal Beach, 5,000|
(Note: Verizon began rolling out service in Seal Beach earlier this year. And according to one of my previous posts on FiOS TV expansion here, Verizon is still targeting Dana Point, Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel.)
Thank you to all who have e-mailed me about FiOS or U-verse service in their neighborhood. I’m using the information to create something better than this previous map showing where these alternative TV services exist in O.C.
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