Philly Council puts Verizon hearings on hold

Philadelphia City Hall (Nathaniel Hamilton/for WHYY)

Philadelphia City Hall (Nathaniel Hamilton/for WHYY)

While Comcast’s franchise agreement with the city Philadelphia has been under the microscope, hearings to review Verizon’s cable TV offerings were scrapped. 

In light of all the time and talks spent negotiating with Comcast, City Councilman Bobby Henon said he and his colleagues have not had an opportunity to prepare for a hearing on Verizon’s FIOS TV and broadband service.

“I think everyone has been a little preoccupied with the longer term franchise agreement … so I think, for the sake of a more detailed and vetted-out conversation publicly, we’re going to reserve the right to do it next year,” he said.

The hearing was supposed to address matters such as making sure all of Philadelphia would be wired for FIOS service as well as reviewing how current customers are being treated.  

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