Verizon Is Hunting Cable Out In The Landscape

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News Posted: Wed, Jun 18 2008 7:49 AM

Verizon has a good thing going with their FiOS  bundled service packages.(fiber-optic service that can simultaneously deliver TV, fast Internet and telephone) Its appeal is based around the very fast upload and download speeds that their fiber-optic cable can deliver. They've become a kind of de facto alternate for cable TV and Internet service for people dissatisfied with what's available in their area. But FiOS service has been introduced in a helter-skelter manner, with vast areas of Verizon's telephone service map being unable to purchase it even if they wanted it. That's about to change, as Verizon has announced a plan to expand availability of their Internet service. 

The New York telecommunications company next week will begin offering FiOS Internet service, which boasts download speeds of 50 megabits per second, to 10 million homes and small businesses throughout its 16-state territory, widening it beyond its availability in six states. While still just a fraction of Verizon's total customer base, the expansion represents a leap ahead of the geographic reach of cable providers' super-fast Internet service.

At 50 Mbps, a person could download a high-definition movie in 13 minutes, or a 60-minute Web video in eight seconds.


Cable operator Comcast has demonstrated a similar very fast Internet connection, but it's  not available to the general public yet. And it's unlikely they can continue to keep up for long. The fiber-optic cable can have speed upgrades over time to carry almost limitless data without being replaced. Comcast can only goose that copper wire so many times.



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I hope Fios comes to my house.  It only goes as far as less than a mile away.  Kind of sucks.

 

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 Well this is a nice step. they need to keep cranking on it though as there are still way to many area's that it's not available in. Fiber has so many more benefits then copper. The 2 biggest being there not being a bandwidth limit known as of yet for the actual cable itself and also it has a life  span of Aprox 30 years versus copper's 20.

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AjayD replied on Wed, Jun 18 2008 9:07 PM
Hopefully Verizon will expand it's fios services to all of their costumers in a somewhat reasonable time frame. Sure, it is great they're in the process of increasing it's availability, but this is nothing more than a tease to those who will still be stuck in the stone age known as DSL. I only hope my hair won't be gray by the time it reaches me.

 

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