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And another $17 billion to fiber the whole country

Competition is heating up for Verizon as its massive team of fiber optic technicians hurry to network together states stretching from California to New York. Verizon is competing with companies like Cablevision, Time Warner Cable and others to not only gain market share but also to keep it from losing more customers.

Verizon is currently on a massive project to replace its aging copper lines with new highly durable and ultra-fast fiber lines. Verizon hopes to connect roughly 16 million homes and apartments across the US, with an estimated 3.1 million homes in New York City alone. The cost of such a mammoth project is huge. Verizon says it expects to spend roughly $20 billion by 2010 to complete the new network. With it, Verizon will be able to offer better phone, video, Internet and other IP services.

Companies such as Comcast and Vonage are striking hard in the phone business, taking a chunk of customers away from Verizon virtually on a daily basis. Comcast is also involved in cable TV and other businesses that Verizon is not. However, with the new optical network in place, Verizon is rolling out a new type of TV service called FiOS TV.

With FiOS TV, a digital signal is sent through a fiber optic network rather than traditional copper cable. The optic network provides massive bandwidth and allows Verizon to scale up video quality as the time comes. More HDTV channels, multi-channel audio and better quality are all part of Verizon's game plan.

Verizon is also introducing a dual-tuner DVR with its FiOS TV home service. The DVR allows customers to watch programs from anywhere in the house using streaming video. The DVR will act as a central video hub, streaming video and audio to other client hubs throughout the house. FiOS customers are required to pay $3.95/month per client box and $19.95/month for the DVR hub. DailyTech previously reported that TiVo is also readying its dual-tuner CableCARD DVR. TiVo stated that its Series3 tuners are already in the hands of several major cable networks for testing.

Verizon is also planning to roll out FiOS Internet services on a national scale. Currently, Verizon's FiOS services are available in a limited number of select areas. With newer residential and business developments, Verizon is going in early, hoping to persuade builders to allow it to install fiber lines to each unit. Certain builders however, have prohibited Verizon from installing fiber lines despite their obvious advantages. Verizon also has to compete with AT&T and the family of Bell companies.

As the race for wiring up the nation in fiber heats up, Verizon along with its competitors are hoping that the big short term investments will bring in long term rewards.


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I have FiOS... WOW!
By Nightmare225 on 8/15/2006 2:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
I live in Douglastion, NY, where Verizon is having a huge campaign to install FiOS in all the homes. Everyday, you see Verizon trucks going up and down the streets. My house was one of the first outfitted, and let me say it's Amazing.

20 mb/s down and 10 mb/s for $29.95 a month? My old Road Runner had a 4th of the speeds and cost $50 dollars a month O_O. Plus, you get fiber optic phone service, which comes with an integrated UPS that allows you to make calls 8 hours after the power fails, in case it does.

I'm telling you, Verizon certainly has a winner on their hands. I haven't seen such a revolution in home internet and phone service since the advent of DSL!




RE: I have FiOS... WOW!
By kamel5547 on 8/15/2006 3:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
Of course you didnt used ot need the UPS to make phone calls as phone lines provided their own power, now you do.


RE: I have FiOS... WOW!
By rrsurfer1 on 8/15/2006 4:27:53 PM , Rating: 2
What a joke. I think 8 hours is enough. In any case, even IF the power went out and the home phone was unusable, a majority of people have cell phones. The telephone companies only comeback to the new IP-based phones is always the lame "well you'll have no phone if you lose power". Maybe they wouldn't be losing customers now if they had switched to fiber on their networks a LONG time ago. Sit on your asses and watch, eventually you will lose. Good Riddance.


RE: I have FiOS... WOW!
By abochman on 8/16/2006 8:06:22 AM , Rating: 2
My fiance is from douglaston. Man I miss Centre Pizza.


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