Verizon FiOS (Fiber Optic System) is a bundled Internet, phone and television system which utilizes a fiber-optic communications network. Due to the speed and reliability of this system, many people are avidly waiting for Verizon FiOS availability in their area.
With more people using the Internet to download and upload videos, movies, music and pictures, both bandwidth and speed are critical. FiOS represents a huge technological step forward in both bandwidth and speed. Verizon claims that FiOS loads music, pictures and video up to 25 times faster than traditional Cable Internet services.
What is FiOS?
The Verizon fiber-optic service was introduced in 2005 and offers a signal that literally travels at the speed of light. Fiber-optic cables are made of very fine hairlike strands of glass which carry the signal as pulses of light. The light is then fed directly into your home computer or digital TV where a converter translates it into data it can read.
Businesses and industries have been using fiber-optic technology for years in order to quickly move large amounts of data. It is only in recent years that fiber-optics have been brought to the home Internet user.
Why Verizon FiOS?
- Providers of a high-definition quality television signal
- Offers a crystal-clear signal for digital voice phone service
- Cost is frequently lower than comparable cable services
- Delivers extremely fast Internet speeds up to 300 Mbps
2012 Top Choice by Consumer Reports
In June, 2012, Consumer Reports gave Verizon FiOS top marks for Internet speed when compared to other broadband services. Verizon FiOS also received higher marks than many of the major cable companies for sound, picture quality and channel selection. The full report on phone, Internet and television services can be found online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
Verizon FiOS Availability
In July 2010, estimates were 3.8 million FiOS Internet subscribers and 3.2 million TV subscribers, with availability to 15 million homes and it has been growing ever since. Verizon offers their Fiber-optic services in 13 states across the continental United States;
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington DC
State-of-the-Art Triple Play
Verizon FiOS offers a bundled TV, Internet and Phone service plan in their triple-play package.
Verizon FiOS television offers over 380 channels, 100 of which come with high-definition digital programming at no extra charge. All Verizon FiOS plans include remote DVR programming via web and smartphone, so you won’t have to miss your favorite program or game even when you are at work or on the road. Verizon also offers video On-Demand streaming to your TV or computer with a high-quality clear picture.
Verizon’s FiOS Internet service is a form of high-speed digital Internet, otherwise known as broadband Internet. With Verizon FiOS standard subscription plans you’ll also enjoy download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. FiOS offers consistent speeds, even during peak usage hours, which means that you won’t suffer slow downs, lag or throttling of your Internet during your intense gaming sessions. Regular users of the Internet won’t notice much difference for basic applications, such as web surfing and email, but for the more intense Internet user, such as gamers and those who download large files, there will be a significant difference. The Internet speed is vastly superior — a complete movie will be downloaded via a FiOS connection in about one-third of the time it would take through a standard Cable Internet connection.
The FiOS digital voice Home Phone service gives you crystal-clear voice quality with unlimited long-distance calling to anywhere in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In the event of a power outage, Verizon will provide you with a free rechargeable battery backup with installation of the digital voice phone service. This backup provides power for the telephone service in the event of a power outage.,
Do I get Verizon FiOS?
With the vast selection of Internet, phone and television providers currently available, the average customer can be overwhelmed. Even the most tech savvy customers can have difficulty deciding between the services available in their area.
Two common questions are frequently the deciding factor. How much does it cost? And how fast is it? The answer to these questions can make or break your decision.
To find out if there is Verizon FiOS availability in your area, type in your street address in the top-right corner of this page. If it is available then the fiber-optic technology offered by Verizon has a clear edge in speed and clarity over standard cable and most DSL services. The Verizon triple-play package offers competitive pricing and is frequently cheaper.