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No bandwidth caps and image quality boost numbers

Most internet users want high speed connections, especially if they watch television programs/movies, play games, or download files using their computers. Cable systems using copper wiring can offer high speeds, especially if using DOCSIS 3.0 technology, but for pure bandwidth nothing surpasses fiber optic systems.

FTTP (Fiber To The Premises) systems have been envisioned for years, but high installation costs have discouraged many companies from bringing FTTP to the market. The only nationwide Internet Service Provider willing to take that risk so far has been Verizon, and it has been paying off for them.

Verizon now has over 3.3 million subscribers for its FiOS Internet service. It added 198,000 new customers in the third quarter, for a net gain of almost 800,000 new FiOS internet subscribers this year alone.

Slow uploading speeds and bandwidth caps are some of the weakest points of traditional ISPs. The "Fastest" plan offered by FiOS allows download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and uploads of up to 20 Mbps, while even the basic "Fast" service features upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps. None of the FiOS plans have any bandwidth caps.

The company's FiOS TV service is also growing. FiOS TV now has 2.7 million customers, up 191,000 in Q3.

The high bandwidth afforded by fiber optic systems allows Verizon to forego the signal compression used by most cable and satellite systems, which often leads to artifacts during the encoding and decoding portions. FiOS TV has much higher image quality, especially when viewed on large screen televisions.

Verizon has big plans to continue subscriber growth. FiOS Internet is currently available to 11.5 million premises, while FiOS TV is an option for 10.9 million premises. The company plans to makes FiOS available to more households, as well as boost adoption rates.

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Real expansion...
By n0b0dykn0ws on 10/28/2009 12:49:07 PM , Rating: 2
If only they would truly expand.

I have two choices for broadband. One is a regional cable company, which has tremendous infrastructure issues, and the other option is DSL for about the same price but with slower speeds.

I'd not only love their internet offerings, but their HD services too.


RE: Real expansion...
By corduroygt on 10/28/2009 12:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree, fios is available two streets down from my home but not for me...For 2 years I've been waiting for them to come 2 streets down.
In the meantime, comcast doubled my speed to 16mbit/s now I see sustained dl speedds of 1.9 mbit/s so fios is losing its advantage since I don't come close to the 250GB cap anyways.

RE: Real expansion...
By Lord 666 on 10/28/2009 12:59:00 PM , Rating: 3
I was at 22 download on Comcast before moving and now on FiOS 25/15 package. Can tell you that, in my area at least, the performance experienced is greater than what its rated at. When they do come two blocks over, definitely worth the migration.

RE: Real expansion...
By Oregonian2 on 10/28/2009 1:48:17 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, that's why FiOS numbers will go up continuously as long as Verizon pays they high upfront cost of expanding their system. They'll get high signups for at least the internet service anywhere they are installed.

It took a year or two for them to expand to my home when their install boundary stagnated a couple blocks away.

My FiOS is rated 20/5 and for fast internet sites, I'll regularly get the full 20MB download speed continuously for large downloads (like getting a full new multi-gigabyte map upgrade for my GPS from the Garmin website).

Verizon may get a bump down in stats sometime before long when FiOS here in Oregon (with Intel's largest employee-count facilities), Washington (Microsoft,etc), and I think parts of Indiana will be sold off to Frontier in Verizon's abandonment of the Silicon rain forest (and whatever metro Seattle calls their area).

RE: Real expansion...
By threepac3 on 10/28/2009 5:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon Recently changed my connection speed from 20/20 to 25/15. Great thing about it is I'm seeing 25/20 speeds. As it is now I can download at 3 MBps and upload at 2.5 MBps. Pretty Awesome!

RE: Real expansion...
By Souka on 10/28/2009 6:08:28 PM , Rating: 2
I live in Issaquah, WA (about 10 east of Seattle).

FIOS will never be an option until some FCC ruling is changed.

I have Comcast, only other land based option is Qwest DSL (which also provides traditional land line phone service. According to Verzion, they're prohibited from offering their service to my area by law, and suggest writing to my congressman to change it. It had to do something with big companies (eg, Verizon) pushing out smaller telco's (eg, Qwest).

I do not remember the specifics as it was over 6 months ago...but I called back a few days later, got the same story.


RE: Real expansion...
By Oregonian2 on 10/29/2009 2:11:33 PM , Rating: 2
Won't get it anyway with Verizon abandoning Washington State in it's entirety anyway (FiOS there being sold to Frontier along with all the DSL, etc stuff as well).

Verizon has almost completely stayed within their former Verizon (including GTE, etc) POTS service areas -- although they've gone out of such areas in limited fashion. Some of that may be due to laws, but I think a lot of it has to do with re-use of existing Verizon facilities like central offices and backhaul infrastructure which makes those areas a lot more economic for initial expansion (along with having existing lower-dollar service customers that will be easier to "upgrade" to full internet/phone/TV services).

But yes, we've Qwest in Portland proper and I understand it'd be "forever" before they'd get FiOS -- even while all areas surrounding Portland proper has been getting FiOS slowly by slowly as things get installed (all underground, etc which takes a while).

I'm in Washington County, the Western Suburbs of Portland. This is where all the high-tech is (Tektronix, Intel, etc) en masse. We're all formerly GTE areas long ago, so we're all Verizon now (and to become Frontier).

We were one of the first areas to have FiOS installed quite a long time ago (although not usually listed in national lists, we not being as big as Texas, etc).

I just hope Frontier is able to keep up and maintain FiOS after they take it over (that being what I use and like quite a lot).

RE: Real expansion...
By FITCamaro on 10/28/2009 7:09:56 PM , Rating: 2
You can thank your government for them not being able to.

RE: Real expansion...
By keith524 on 10/29/2009 8:24:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think not. Verizon ran fiber through our neighborhood 2 years ago for FIOS but they won't offer it because of "marketing" reasons.

RE: Real expansion...
By marvdmartian on 10/29/2009 10:35:32 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I live 2 hours from the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex, and they haven't come up this way, even though the city I'm in offers a population of over 100,000 people.

My choices are TW Cable Roadrunner (which I now have), standard speed up to 6 megabit per second, DSL through AT&T @ 768 kilobit per second (where I live), or wireless through Xanadoo or Clearwire (neither of which I've tried, since they can't hit the speed I'm getting with RR, but charge just as much).

If FIOS moved in here, I'd switch in a heartbeat!

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