For anyone hoping to order Verizon FiOS TV service, the company reported some disappointing news last week: Fewer customers are signing up for service.
FiOS service does tend to be more expensive than cable, but you do get more HD channels, faster Internet and nifty TV widgets.
But the most discouraging aspect for all who hope FiOS succeeds is that Verizon spent the quarter targeting homes already in FiOS territory. In Orange County and other parts of Southern California, the company slowed down on expanding in new neighborhoods. Rather, it focused on signing up more customers in existing FiOS locations.
One theory: People who want it, sign up immediately. Everyone else? You’ve got to have more enticing offers (read: cheaper than cable with no strings attached).
Still, FiOS continues to grow, just slower than many had hoped. Same is true in Orange County, which wasn’t completely shut out of expansion.
In fact, construction has just wrapped up in Seal Beach and Los Alamitos, Verizon’s Jon Davies confirmed.
The single family houses and apartment buildings were mostly in following areas in Los Alamitos:
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In addition, Verizon completed work in Seal Beach last month focusing in on the area north of Marina between 1st and Pacific Coast Highway.
Verizon is also focusing on apartments, condos and other multi-family dwellings in Orange County.
“As you know, we’ve been working to reach agreements with landlords and as [we] complete that step we can install the fiber so residents can order FiOS,” Davies added. He mentioned two complexes with around 300 units that are in the process of getting FiOS:
1. A 62-unit complex at 16412 Harbour Lane in HB
2. A new 149-unit complex at 15100 Moran Avenue in Westminster.
Unfortunately, no new O.C. cities have been added to the FiOS expansion list but in existing neighborhoods where the service is available, penetration rates mimic national rates with 25 percent penetration for FiOS TV and 28 percent for Internet.
In Orange County, Verizon offers TV or Internet service in Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton, Westminster and certain unincorporated areas. (Get more information about FiOS in Orange County HERE.)
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