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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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Verison's Business Model
By Hyperion1400 on 10/28/2009 12:50:53 PM , Rating: 5
Part 1: Don't suck

Part 2: Continue to not suck

Part 3: Maintain not-suckage while simultaneously expanding lack of suck

Glad to see it's working for them in spades. But, give it some time and I guarantee TW, Cox, and the like will start whining like hell to the FTC/FCC and Verison will get shafted.

RE: Verison's Business Model
By Hyperion1400 on 10/28/2009 12:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
Aw, looks like I can't stick to that model...

*Hangs head in shame*

RE: Verison's Business Model
By chmilz on 10/28/09, Rating: -1
RE: Verison's Business Model
By MindParadox on 10/29/2009 4:52:06 AM , Rating: 1
some people, like myself, have horror stories about verizon, like a $7000 PLUS wireless phone bill in 1999 for an 18 hour conversation to uganda!! find me a phone from 1999 that could stay alive talking that long, and i might think about paying them

(they have even admitted it was impossible with the phones available, and that my number HAD to have been cloned to another device, yet i still receive calls from collectors about the supposed "debt" to verizon)

obviously, i will never pay for any service from them as long as i am alive

RE: Verison's Business Model
By maven81 on 10/28/2009 1:36:38 PM , Rating: 2
If the time warner attack ads in the NYC metro area are any indication, time warner is scared, very scared.

RE: Verison's Business Model
By Omega215D on 10/29/2009 10:07:54 AM , Rating: 2
And people are believing it and many can't seem to live without their NY1 or all their favorite sports teams in HD... yet Fios still shows the same sports and teams most follow anyway. I dunno... NYers aren't as educated as once thought.

Bring it to Queens as I cannot stand TWC with their crap service and equipment.

RE: Verison's Business Model
By inperfectdarkness on 10/28/2009 5:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
cox's tier 2 (rated at 9Mbps) has been speed tested at my house to hit >40Mbps at times.

i'm happy with the service--however, there are MOST CERTAINLY places where i've lived previously where the availability/speed was atrocious.

RE: Verison's Business Model
By keith524 on 10/29/2009 8:54:10 AM , Rating: 3
I don't trust speed tests any more as I firmly believe all the ISPs give priority to the test sites.

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