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Medford customers may get choice of Verizon

Posted by Matt Byrne  October 31, 2011 10:30 AM

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Medford cable television and Internet customers may soon have another choice as a service provider.

Verizon will again bargain with local officials over the right to sell its services in the city, Mayor Michael McGlynn said in a phone interview.

Verizon, which has already laid about 71 percent of the cable necessary to serve the community, backed away from Medford when a corporate directive halted company expansion, McGlynn said.

Verizon approached the city in September. If the negotiations are successful, it would mark the end of a two-year effort to bring competition to the city along with Comcast, McGlynn said.

Left to be negotiated is the fate of the remaining 29 percent of residents who are not reached by Verizon lines; and the amount the company would pay into local public access programming.


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