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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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By FlyTexas on 10/28/2009 11:25:45 PM , Rating: 2
We had Time Warner Cable for several years at 10m down, 1m up. FioS was just down the street all that time.

We were the 6th install in our area when they expanded this year, holy cow it is fast. Even from the same web sites, it is at least 3 times faster in real world terms.

We get 25m down, 15m up, it is like a whole new Internet. It is also less laggy than cable was, which is nice.

The Win 7 RC took +- 20 min to download. That is just stupid fast.

The installer was very nice as well, he spent 3 hours here of which 45 minutes was my asking him questions, some stupid some not so stupid. Very friendly installer, good job whomever hired him.

Yes, they cut the copper to the house, but so what, we'll never use it again anyway, and I don't think anyone else will either.

AT&T is nuts to not be running Fiber to the house, AT&T offers phone service here, not that I'd use it, and their only Internet option is DSL at a max of 6m down, 768k up for $50/month.

Stupid AT&T...

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