Verizon Cutting Back On FiOS Roll Outs: A Fiber Dream Dies

The recession has a lot of negative effects, but largely, the technology industry has continued to flourish. Unfortunately, one of the greatest competitors in the Internet industry seems to be scaling back their efforts, and the tough economic conditions are primarily to blame. Verizon made the news in a big way a few years ago, promising to really add a dose of competition to markets that only had a couple of ISP choices (mostly from cable and DSL providers).

The FiOS Internet service was unique; it provided a fiber-based alternative that delivered fiber all the way to the home, which enabled users to purchase speeds well over 100Mbps. Those speeds are practically unheard of, but FiOS was forcing other ISPs to really consider their offerings. Verizon was able to roll FiOS out to 18 total states, with some getting a lot more coverage than others. FiOS provided Internet, TV and phone (if a customer chose), and all were said to be of excellent quality. In fact, the worse problems FiOS gave Verizon were in the customer service area; demand was so great that many offers weren't honored, which generated a good bit of negative PR.

Based on a new Associated Press report, Verizon will be scaling back future FiOS roll outs, only completing them in markets that they have promised service and not adding fiber to any area that's not in that pool. The company will continue to add fiber to homes in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, but some other hopeful cities (like Baltimore and Boston) are now out of luck.

We know fiber expansion is expensive, and Verizon has already spent billions on the effort, but it's still tough to see an industry leading culling their efforts. Hopefully DOCSIS 3.0 will flourish in order to keep those 100Mbps speeds coming to consumers, but if you were counting on Verizon to bring those types of speeds to your router, you can probably keep on wishing.
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