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April 7, 2008

Focus: These days, choice abounds for cable, phone, Internet

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Stan Usovicz, Verizon's external affairs regional director, said the company's fiber-optic network, called FiOS, offers the best sound and picture quality and the fastest Internet.

Verizon, which offers the FiOS service to 63 communities in Massachusetts — including Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, West Newbury and Rowley — is looking to grow by modernizing its phone lines to bring its fiber-optic network to many more North of Boston communities, Usovicz said.

Meanwhile, the company has partnered with DirectTV to offer its own version of the triple-play bundle in those communities where FiOS isn't yet available. The company also offers a "four-play" package in some areas of the country that includes a cell phone plan from Verizon Wireless, Usovicz said.

Comcast serves 238 communities in Massachusetts including most cities and towns in the region. Direct TV, which is powered by satellite, is available everywhere in the state.

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