Verizon Staffs Up for FiOS

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While traditional TV company NBC Universal announced Monday it would be cutting 700 jobs, neophyte TV company Verizon says it is looking to add almost half that number--320--to handle the current and projected demand for its FiOS Internet/TV service.

Verizon says it needs consumer- and business-support employees in six "Fiber Solution Centers": Dallas, Hampton, Va.; Oxnard, Calif.; Providence, R.I.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Everett, Wash.

Verizon says it has set a goal of 175,000 FiOS TV customers by the end of the year--relative a drop in the TV viewership bucket--and a reach of 1.8 million households--it already reaches more than a million homes.

Looking further down the fiber pipe, Verizon is hoping to have 3 million to 4 million customers to its TV service by 2010, based on its estimates that it will have fiber to about 15 million homes by then.