Michael Ho, the city’s engineer, wanted to clarify that when he said Verizon had “pretty much installed FiOS in about 80 percent of the residential areas of town,” he meant that was just in the Old Town, Bridgeport and Hill neighborhoods.
“Eighty percent of the permits that were pulled for the Old Town, Bridgeport and Hill area is complete,” Ho clarified to me.
That seriously downsizes the number of FiOS-friendly homes in Seal Beach to about 4,636 homes, if 80 percent of this area’s 5,795 homes have access to FiOS.
That doesn’t mean the 9,000-person population in Leisure World is out of luck. Apparently, Verizon is still working with the area’s home association to deliver FiOS to the neighborhood. (I’m waiting on an update from the community).
|Old town||4,270||Yes (80%)|
|College Park East||1,700||No|
|Total||14,103||32% with FiOS|
According to the “Seal Beach General Plan,” the city has 14,267 residential units. That means nearly one-third, or about 32 percent, is FiOS friendly.
Another 9,000 people live in Leisure World’s 6,608 apartments and condos. Plus, there are about 1,700 homes in College Park East that won’t be getting FiOS anytime soon.
Add all the numbers up and FiOS will reach about 41 percent of the city’s homes once it is 100 percent installed in the current neighborhoods.
Future neighborhoods have been put on hold for now as Verizon focuses on selling the service in order to get some money for its efforts. Read the earlier story, “Verizon’s FiOS TV rollout slows in So Cal.”
Residents in the non-FiOS neighborhoods, don’t despair. Verizon tells me, and Ho said the same, that Verizon intends to offer service to the entire city. Someday.
“They want to do the entire city, even Leisure World,” Ho said.
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