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Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by benlee, Apr 24, 2010.
Install guy just left.
Wanted to share my speeds:
I'm mad that Verizon has now stopped their FiOS rollout. No more towns to be done.
My town was only about a year away. I was really looking forward to the speed, too. Darn.
You have my condolences; my town was supposed to get a speed boost in August 2009, and it's been pushed back to June 2011. I was looking forward to it too! At the moment, my HSPA phone is faster than my wired broadband!
I love fios lol. enjoy it!
Wow. Your upload speeds kill mine.
Have they stopped their rollout indefinitely?
as far as I know they have.
They took a big chance in Long Island going up against cablevision, but it hasn't turned out all that well.
They said they wanted to pass 18 million customers and they will, and they'll continue installation in places that are already signed up.
IMO, several things have conspired to stop them from going further:
1) Many broadband providers have recently stopped to see if they can get Federal grants instead of spending their own billions.
2) Younger execs are taking over and they don't have the longterm vision for America that Ivan Seidenberg had for installing fiber to everyone's home. They want profits NOW and are really into cost cutting.
3) It's been taking over a year to get contracts and permissions in each little township. That's a lot of effort and the greedier towns are now going to have to spend their own money to install fiber if they wish to compete technologically.
I switched from Cablevision. The better picture quality of TV is immediately noticeable.
The speed of the set-top box interface is reason enough to switch.
Cablevision's box was so slow, I could hardly take it.
I can't complain about their internet though. I had free "boost" promotion which kept me from switching to Verizon sooner. But the benefits of fiber is obvious.
I'm a Cablevision customer and hate them. FIOS is available in my area so I may make the jump. Did Verizon run fiber all through your house or did they use the existing cabling? I assume that make a big difference.
I live in an apartment building. They ran fiber to the huge "box thing" they have to install in each unit. And from the box to my modem is existing coax.
There was some difficulty with my install b/c I'm in an old apartment building and they need a three prong grounded outlet near the "box thing." My choices were limited b/c of the crappy outlet selection I have.
Another factor is that it cost Verizon around $750 per house just to install fiber to the neighborhood.
And then _another_ $600 or so to actually connect each home that signs up, for a total of $1350 per connected home.
Some analysts say it's more like a total of $1800 per connected home, but in either case it's a lot of money to invest. It also explains the high ETF, which wouldn't even come close to paying off the investment.
The final factor is LTE, which will be far cheaper to deploy. Look Ma, no cable! Although that means (as usual) that Verizon Wireless is stealing business from Verizon's landline division.