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Brookhaven Sends Clear Signal To Verizon

Town officials lobby communications provider to bring FiOS to area residents and compete with Cablevision.

Brookhaven officials broadcast a loud and clear message to Verizon on Thursday: they want FiOS in the township. 

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Supervisor Ed Romaine was joined by town board members and representatives of the Communication Workers of America Thursday outside Verizon Communication's headquarters in Patchogue to urge the company to make FiOS available to Brookhaven residents. 

"I don't want to knock Cablevision, it's a great service, but we think competition is good. We think FiOS would be a help and we are here to say to Verizon, 'Bring FiOS to Brookhaven,'" Romaine said. 

During the press conference, Councilwoman Jane Bonner addressed the rumor that Brookhaven is taking money from Cablevision to keep Verizon out. 

"Nothing could be further from the truth," she said. "We want competition."

John Bonomo, a Verizon spokesman, said the company did build about 20 percent of the fiber optic network needed to provide FiOS service in Brookhaven. The project was abandoned when the utility could not reach a franchise agreement with the town a few years back, he said. 

During the past several years, Verizon has reached franchise agreements with 183 towns, villages and other municipalities within the 12 states it covers. Bonomo said under many of those franchise agreements, his company promised to build out quickly to provide 100 percent coverage within 5 years, a deadline that is quickly approaching.

"FiOS is a great product. A lot of towns and villages have FiOS envy because they want it. But we have a lot of work to do to meet commitments in those 183 municipalities," he said. 

Romaine said if Verizon were to build out its Brookhaven network, it has the potential reach to 150,000 to 200,000 homes. 

"If you are in the business of marketing to your customers, there’s a lot of customers in Brookhaven. Come to Brookhaven and give us the type of competition we know will improve service and prices," he said. 

Bonomo said he wouldn't make any promises about the future of FiOS in Brookhaven.

Concerned April 05, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Agreed Madford Resident, It is totally Crookhaven's fault! FIOS was being installed 5 years ago, until the Town started shaken them down for additional attachment fees. So tell us, why did Verizon pull all their crews at that time and send them to other municipalities? Let's finally get this done,Brookhaven residents need the competition!
majortom1981 April 05, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Verizon pulled out because they stopped rolling out to new franchises. They were not seeing the subscribers that they thought would sign up. Just recently Verizon announced they will now worry about their wireless networks instead. I see Verizon selling off its long island network to other companies. Like they did in new England.
Elaine Salvitti April 05, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Competition is long overdue for Cablevision...I had everything installed 5 years ago on the word they would be on line for us in a few months Still waiting Every time I ask Verizon about it they say the same thing "Ask your officials in Brookhaven, they won't give us the go"
Jay Dawgz April 07, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Brookhaven signed a ten year deal with cablevision
jeff April 08, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Dips,stopped doing new builds a few years ago.they are trying to sell it off. They want out of all wireline business.They only want wireless ( make them WAY more money) .Just look what they are doing to fire island. The reason Verizon would not build in Brookhaven is because they did not want to build everywhere, they would skip less affable areas like E patchogue and shirly and only build in the Better off area like port jeff and other like that. The contract with Cablevision forbid that. So Romanies is blowing smoke out his a.. Once again. It's all for show

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