As first reported by PBRTV back in April (er, in a story quoting the Tribune-Review, that is), Verizon’s cable TV service is closer to becoming a reality for thousands of Pittsburgh-area residents.

According to the Post-Gazette, the telephone giant is close to reaching franchise agreements with 19 boroughs and townships around Pittsburgh, including Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon, Shaler, McCandless and Ross. If the agreements are approved, Verizon might roll out cable TV over its fiber-optic network called “FiOS” by the end of this year, according to a spokesman. That would bring cable TV competition to about 100,000 people in the metropolitan area.

The service is already available in Philadelphia at a cost of $42.99 per month for 200 high-definition channels and on-demand features. Comcast’s digital cable, by comparison, costs upwards of $50 per month.

Oh, yeah, and it’s plus 20dB hot true QAM light spectrum or whatever the heck that nitwit says in those commercials.