The Colonie Town Board voted unanimously Thursday, March 24, to accept the contract to bring Verizon FiOS service to the town.
Supervisor Paula Mahan said this would bring much-needed competition to Colonie as it joins many of the surrounding municipalities in Albany County that have the service available. Time Warner Cable has been the only cable service in Colonie for several years.
Some residents shared their excitement with the new service, saying they had problems with Time Warner in the past.
\I'd like to urge the approval of this, said Colonie resident Bill Pollock. "I rarely see where a monopoly is a good thing. I'm dissatisfied with Time Warner. I contracted to get Direct TV installed even though I don't want a satellite on my new home. During that time, Verizon said it was extending its service, so I cancelled."
John Fogerty, an attorney for Time Warner, criticized some of the provisions in the contract regarding the contributions for the Public, Educational and Governmental regulations. He said contributions should be based on a per subscriber basis because of the possibility of the number of Verizon's customers changing in five years. Currently, the contract states Verizon will only have to contribute 25 percent of what Time Warner pays.
"It will be 25 percent no matter what, which is discriminatory," he said. "Our view would be if it's a flat grant, then that's not subscriber-sensitive. Leveling the playing field would be the same amount."
He continued to say that Guilderland had a similar provision in its deal with Verizon where that was struck from the contract by the Public Service Commission.
Pamela Goldstein, an attorney for Verizon FiOS, said that while it could happen in this case, it doesn't mean the PSC can't change its mind.
"We just abide by what the PSC says, and that's what we'd do here," she said.