I want my FiOS

At Digital Life, the thing that excited me most was seeing the Verizon fiber-to-the-home FiOS people. They had a rollout list for New Jersey but I couldn’t find my town on it — even though that town will soon have a huge Verizon office. Damn. I want my FiOS.

  • http://cellar.org/iotd.php Undertoad

    My neighborhood’s location meant they couldn’t offer anything better than 256kb DSL, so we were first in line for fiber.

    Got it. 15mb down, 2mb up. It’s the 2mb up I was really needing – I upload music for sale to a server on the net. (legally)

    Because the biggest speed difference is latency, and not bandwidth, and most people aren’t downloading full size video yet, most people will not notice the difference between fiber and DSL or cable. I demanded that my business partner outfit the office with fiber instead of cable modem, and now he’s suspicious of me because he can’t tell the difference. :eyeroll:

  • http://robertdfeinman.com/society Robert Feinman

    Once they get you to buy telephone, internet and tv service from the same provider watch your monthly bill go up.

    The local cable company is already offering such a package with each component about $39. Fiber will beat the pants off cable for bandwidth and has all the characteristics of becoming a (local) monopoly.

    Just remember how much you used to like AT&T or NYNEX.

    Becareful what you wish for.

    PS. Thanks for the preview button.

  • http://www.itsthecustomerstupid.com Len

    From the looks of some of the comments on Om Malik’s blog – Verizon will lock you into fiiber when you install FIOS by taken out the copper wire.

    As Om puts it – Verizon FIOS insures future monoply

    http://gigaom.com/2005/10/14/verizon-fios-insures-future-monoply/

  • http://www.mobiletracker.net Jon Gales

    FiOS is great, don’t listen to not noticing the speed. Everytime I see a download at a megabyte and change per second I thank the fiber gods.

  • Joshua

    If you think Verizon takes out the copper you are an idiot. Verizon is great and I am glad to have FIOS. If you think you know so much about FIos and computers and internet, why arent we buying internet service from you instead of Verizon.

  • http://www.glyphixs.com Juan

    Actually Joshua you are the idiot cause that is exactly what Verizon does. They actually get very upset if you even hint about keeping copper in the ground for your alarm system. That is the only justification you can use to keep your copper. You also need to consider that Verizon owns all that copper that is in the ground which they hope to resell some day to secondary market providers. Lets compound this by the fact that Verizon has payed and recooped the cost of that copper 100 times over. They want a monopoly and your elected officials are only to kind to oblige.