Who knows if council members were just signing lines to get their holiday started early, but the Troutdale City Council nevertheless approved a video franchise for Verizon with an "ambivalent" four-to-three vote. We're told that Troutdale, Oregon has just over 3,000 potential FiOS TV subscribers, and while not everyone was super jazzed about the passing, we can only imagine that locals in search of pay-TV competition will be thrilled. Too bad there's no apparent time line for a build-out.