Pkp646 asked in response to my latest Comcast adventure (which isn’t quite the latest — there’s something new I haven’t written about yet):
I would be interested to know, Flexo, if there has been talk of allowing VerizonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s FIOS into your area. It seems that everywhere that they are trying to enter the field, Comcast gives away free speed upgrades. The reason behind it is simple, though. FIOS is comprable, if not outright cheaper, but also provides a greater speed and a more reliable connection. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping to be able to get it in my area soon.
In fact, the word is that we are being primed for FIOS service in my area. In 2001 and 2002, the fiber optic cable was laid underneath US Route 1, the main corridor in my area of the state. Back then, Comcast Online (or Comcast @Home or Excite @Home) — the only broadband option in the area other than satellite — had major connectivity issues. Everyone was looking to Verizon for the first sign that DSL would be available.
DSL either never came, or by the time it did, Comcast had improved dramatically. With Comcast as the only serious choice for broadband in the area, my friends and neighbors are still looking for FIOS to provide some competition.
For the last few years, I check every so often to see if FIOS is available, just in case I missed the huge announcement. Here’s today’s response, same as before:
Verizon FiOS Internet Service is not currently available at your address. Our network is continually being expanded, and we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want you to the miss the opportunity to get this state-of-the art Internet service.
Honestly, I’m satisfied for now with my 10 Mbps downstream, despite an outage yesterday — while I was home sick — due to the landscapers cutting the cable connection outside the apartment and depriving my building of cable television and internet for several hours. (That’s the story I mentioned at the top of this post. Now you know.)
Updated December 20, 2011 and originally published April 5, 2006.