Two years ago we heard from Verizon that they were going to slow installs of FiOS nationwide, followed by the announcement last year that any installs not currently active would not be continued. This week, Verizon has decided that their marketing might actually be doing the trick, and has decided to reactive a dark market - Tampa, Florida.
They will be adding an additional 17,700 new households to the availability footprint for the fiber optic Internet and television service. This will bring the market total accessibility to more than 1.1 million households. Considering this is one of the original Road Runner cable Internet test markets, it is a little more than surprising that the service isn't already available in the entire market.
Want to know who will be affected? Hit the break for the full breakdown.
According to Verizon, 5 counties will get additional access, totaling 17,700 households. Way to spread the love, Verizon. Here is where we can expect the additions and how many per market.
PINELLAS COUNTY - approximately 8,000 households. Communities include St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Clearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, Largo/Indian Rocks and Tarpon Springs.
POLK COUNTY - approximately 8,000 households. Communities include Lakeland, Haines City, Winter Haven and Mulberry.
SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES - approximately 800 households. Communities include east Bradenton, Nokomis and North Port.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - approximately 600 households in Plant City.
Looks like Pinellas and Polk are getting the love and Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough are getting the shaft. Do you live in one of the affected markets and are you considering switching to FiOS? Let us know in the comments section.