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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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RE: Verizon needs Fios in WI
By TrevorBlain on 10/28/2009 1:31:25 PM , Rating: 2
Right there with you, I'm in Milwaukee and it just kills me that I am stuck with a choice between Evil and More Evil (TW and ATT).

I'm beginning to think that FioS would just be TOO fast for this state.

Believe it or not, I'm at least somewhat tempted to move to an area that has FioS available. The weather blows here, anyway. :P


RE: Verizon needs Fios in WI
By Veerappan on 10/29/2009 10:22:39 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I used to have Charter in Madison, and it was decent. Moved to Boston, and had Comcast for a bit (decent, but nothing special), now I've got the 15/5 plan FiOS from Verizon, and it rocks. $50/month for what I've measured at 26 mbit up / 18 mbit down.

The weather here still sucks though. Warmer by about 5-10 degrees on average, but more rain/sleet and the occasional nor'easter.


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