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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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FiOS is Awesome
By Lord 666 on 10/28/2009 12:54:11 PM , Rating: 1
Just came from "Comcast County" with my new house being in a FiOS area. Was on the fence and still have one or two grips, but overall glad I ditched Comcast (thanks Apparition). Comcast even lied saying they can port my old Comcast voice number two towns over, but in reality were unable to even though it was VoIP. Fucking bastards.

Two minor grips about FiOS:

1. When changing channels, the on screen display has a lag saying what channel and program is on.

2. Internal network flexibility is a bit annoying. Want to deploy a ASA5505, but due to the way the modem and tv box communicate, its a bit cumbersome. There are work arounds on the Internet, but the best way would require purchasing a Motorola MoCA unit on Ebay.

RE: FiOS is Awesome
By theapparition on 10/28/2009 1:42:55 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, most time people tell me to f*ck off, so thanks!!!

And I warned you about the VOIP numbers. There's government regulation requiring number porting, but since VOIP isn't under government regulation, they are under no requirement to port your number. Once you go VOIP, they own your number and have control of it.

I haven't noticed much lag, but then again, don't get to watch too much TV. Wife has never complained (about that at least, lol) about channel lag.

Why can't you put the ASA5505 between the FIOS router and your home network? Sure I'm underestimating it since I don't know what you're trying to do.

RE: FiOS is Awesome
By amanojaku on 10/28/2009 1:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
As a Time Warner customer I'm jealous and telling you to f*ck off!

*shakes fist in fustration* :-)

RE: FiOS is Awesome
By Master Kenobi on 10/28/2009 1:45:18 PM , Rating: 2

1. I usually see this when switching between the HD and regular channels, as long as you stay on either side the delay seems to be negligible.

RE: FiOS is Awesome
By HrilL on 10/28/2009 5:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
I would say your 1. gripe is standard with pretty much every HD services. I have yet to see one that loads channels quickly. be it cable or satellite. I've never seen how fios works.

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