As it stands, Verizon offers its fiber-based cable service to some 6,400 households
in the Chesapeake, Virginia area. Soon, however, upwards of 81,000 homes could have access thanks to a unanimous vote by the Chesapeake City Council which blessed the provider with a proper cable franchise. Previously, Verizon was operating in the area under "ordinance franchise rules," but now the coast is clear for "all households in the company's initial service area" to be covered within three years. Unfortunately, we've no idea when the expansion will actually begin, but needless to say, you can start sitting on pins and needles anytime.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.