FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2008
STATEMENTS BY DEPUTY MAYOR LIEBER AND COMMISSIONER COSGRAVE ON THE APPROVAL OF VERIZON'S CITYWIDE CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE
New York State Public Service Commission Approves Agreement That Will Provide a Choice of Cable Providers to All New Yorkers and Direct Competition in the Industry for the First Time
"With today's approval of Verizon's franchise to provide citywide cable television service, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has marked a seminal moment in the cable industry in New York City that is long overdue," said Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber. "Now, for the first time, direct competition will exist among New York City's cable companies, affording each of the City's three million households not only a true choice of providers and competitive prices but also a host of benefits associated with the agreement with Verizon, including enhanced consumer protection and a wide variety of service offerings. I thank PSC Chairman Garry Brown and the PSC Commissioners, as well as the New York City Franchise and Concession Review Committee for diligently considering and approving this agreement for New Yorkers."
"Verizon's commitment to the City goes beyond basic cable television infrastructure," said Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave. "The company's contribution to Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Channels, a Technology Education and Municipal Facilities Grant, as well as its enhancements to the City's own institutional network represent a historic technological investment in New York City. I am thrilled we were able to help arrive at this new unprecedented, municipal cable agreement - one befitting the greatest City in the world."
Stu Loeser / Andrew Brent (212) 788-2958
Nicholas Sbordone (Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications)