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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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the big asterisk
By tastyratz on 10/28/2009 2:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon fios was GREAT when we had the net through them in NH awhile ago... but the big problem is their commitment. Verizon has abandoned all but their most profitable areas, and while they continue to expand they are "trimming the fat" on even recent expansions. I swear we didn't have service a year before getting pushed off and we were first in the area.
Fairpoint "fios" was such a nightmare I tried getting the hell away from them, worst expeience ever. It was a company biting off more than they can chew and taking on most of the new england area sans mass.

While they continue to "expand" they are doing the same thing in other areas. They are trying to sell a large hunk of service area off to Frontier.

Is this what we should expect? If your a new customer getting new service... don't bank on Verizon always being your provider or it sticking around, I wouldn't burn your bridges anywhere unless you live in downtown congested metro areas.

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