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    Verizon Fiber Race

    Whole article pasted below.
    Verizon's fiber race is on
    Published: July 19, 2004, 12:13 PM PDT
    By Ben Charny and Jim Hu
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com


    Verizon Communications has stepped up its battle against cable operators with plans to debut a broadband-over-fiber service later this summer.

    The service, called Fios, will be launched in Keller, Texas, and later parts of southern California and Florida, the company said Monday. At up to 30mbps (megabits per second), Fios is a quantum leap compared with Verizon's DSL (digital subscriber line) service, which runs at a maximum of 1.5mbps.

    Fios can reach these speeds because it's based on fiber-optic lines that serve Internet access at a much higher clip than the traditional copper wires that support DSL.

    Verizon also unveiled plans to sell cable television over the speedy Fios connection in 2005, boosting its strategy of offering customers a triple pack of services--voice calls, video and broadband--sold at discounted prices if purchased in a bundle. Cable operators have been using their own "triple play" strategy for several years to woo customers away from Verizon and the three other regional Bell operating companies

    The launch of Fios opens a new front in a war between the Bells and the cable industry. Both sides are trying to lure the millions of Americans who are upgrading from slow dial-up services to speedier broadband connections. Cable leads in overall broadband market share, but the Bells have kept pace largely through aggressive DSL discounts and promotions.

    Some of the Bells, such as Verizon and SBC Communications, see fiber as an answer to their problems. The Federal Communications Commission plans to allow the Bells to invest in fiber without requiring them to share their infrastructure with third parties, as is the case with copper wire networks. For many years, the Bells have protested that the line-sharing rules on copper wire networks are unfair, because cable companies are not required to share their lines.

    Of the four Bells, Verizon is considered the furthest along with its fiber plans. It reiterated on Monday its goal of reaching 1 million homes and offices by the end of the year, with a third coming from expansion in Huntington Beach, Calif.; Tampa, Fla., and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas.

    "Fiber from Verizon is coming down their streets and heading straight for their doors, and the excitement in these communities is building," Paul Lacouture, president of Verizon's network services group, said in a statement.

    Fios will be only slightly more expensive than Verizon's DSL plans, even though it will be much faster, and Verizon will supply the modems needed to make the switch to fiber, a company representative said.

    A 2mbps to 5mbps Fios connection will cost $35 a month if purchased along with Verizon's local and long-distance telephone service. The service will cost $40 if purchased alone. A connection of up to 15mbps is available for $45 a month if purchased as part of the same telephone service bundle, or $50 alone. The company did not reveal pricing for the 30mbps plans.
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    sorry if its a repost or old news, just read the article in Maximum PC and found this one online, since I really dont feel like scanning the article..
    a few more/similar articles can be found using google..

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    Interesting reading. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very interesting read, hopefully one day..... Verizon is piss slow around here, I dont see that happening in the next 3-5 years. Comcast oWnZ all around these woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qball15j
    Very interesting read, hopefully one day..... Verizon is piss slow around here, I dont see that happening in the next 3-5 years. Comcast oWnZ all around these woods.
    lol
    CableAmerica ownz these 'woods' literally


    We have teh Broadband
    Up to 640 Mbps Download, Up to 256 Kbps Upload Speeds

    which is not even that fast, oh and btw..what they call 'Broadband Extreme' is not even available here yet, even though it's supposed to be according to their website.

    http://www.cableamerica.com/sys.wayne.html

    If I lived on my own, I would try out Sprint DSL.

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    I cant wait till Nextel rolls out their wireless broadband service around the Washington DC metro area. http://nextelbroadband.com/

    Typical downlink of 1.5Mbps (bursts to 3.0 Mbps). Typical uplink speeds of 375 Kbps (bursts to 750 Kbps).
    That will be sweet to have the ability to roam around with broadband access.

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    30Mbit *drool*

    STREAMING high quality vids. D/L apps and games(pay sites of course). VoIP that sounds crystal clear....ohh I can't wait.
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    We have some tight competition around here, although RoadRunner seems to rule at the moment...

    Since changing from GTE to Verizon, it seems that Verizon had not or does not want to spend any money on upgrading their equipment. This makes welcome news. I am supposedly getting 3mbps now, 30mbps would be great!

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    Its just like when dialup was the norm and broadband was hardly available....seemed totally amazing and couldnt wait. Now broadband seems normal and fiber seems unbelieveable...itll be the norm in a few years I love technology..

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    Only thing is getting fiber to the home, the cost is still way to high. I dont see that happening any time soon.

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    lol

    By time Verizon gets Fios done Roadrunner will be beaming people around like Startrek. They didnt mention the one year contract they make you sign for those prices now did they. I had Verizon dsl and I would rather have AOL dial up than to deal with Verizon ever again.

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    what about Broadband thru the power lines, ????
    "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonb31
    By time Verizon gets Fios done Roadrunner will be beaming people around like Startrek. They didnt mention the one year contract they make you sign for those prices now did they. I had Verizon dsl and I would rather have AOL dial up than to deal with Verizon ever again.

    For 16Mbps down I'll do a 1 year contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabledude
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