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Verizon Halts FiOS Expansions

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posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 10:46 AM
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I have a 2.8 mbs DSL from Verizon and it's around $35 a month. It's not bad at all, unless you try to multitask i.e download a file while watching a video, then the speed suffers horribly. But to do one or the other it runs great. There's a big difference between my speed and most of my friends, who all run comcast at 20+ mbs. I just do all of my downloading at their houses!




posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 11:54 AM
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Where I live we just got DSL last October. For some reason they got the system up, but the highest speed available is .750mbs. At the time they said it might take as long as 18 months to make 1.5mbs or faster available.

I called customer service last week and got shifted from person to person. Finally I got somebody that knows what they are talking about. They said that there is no plan on the table to increase availability or speed in my area. This is frustrating considering that 1/2 mile down the road you can get a 10mbs line.

I see this as being a serious detrement to America's ability to compete in the future. The ability for factories, machinist and others to quickly move complicated data and set up projects nearly instantly is an important part of the industrial future. The ability to quickly move CGI and HD video files to specialist across the country is going to be essential to the future of the movie industry.

There are a million ways that high speed internet will be necessary to economic survival. If America loses the edge in this area we will be fighting to catch up for decades.



posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 12:04 PM
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financial problems was just reason 1. there was one bigger problem. Lack of interest.

people don't want it. Verizon is a better service hands down. But because people have been with cable vision/timewarner/yourcablecompany. they are afraid of change.

they find one stupid thing and latch on to it no matter how much better fios is or how much money they are saving.

I work in door to door sales. Every door its the same god damn story.

"Hey mam ill save you 100$ a month on your phone internet and tv bill."

"but you don't have New York 1."

some people are so god damn scared of change that no matter what you offer them they will still not change.

we used to give out free 200$ gift cards just to switch over for 30 day trial period.

yea people still wouldn't take it.

Verizon invested a lot into the new lines. and they work phenomenally but lack of interest stops them from expanding.



posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 12:19 PM
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Originally posted by Doc Tesla
financial problems was just reason 1. there was one bigger problem. Lack of interest.


There is another reason. It's called a contract - 1 year or 2 years.

I HATE CONTRACTS!!!!!

Cable is so sure of themselves that they do not need to push for contracts.

Verizon lives on contracts. (FIOS, Cell, Business phone)

I also have a few buddies that work for Verizon and while they are still installing FIOS everywhere FIOS is offered, people are switching back to cable. Verizon spends a heck of a lot in wiring up a building, just to have 1/3 sign up, and after one year, a good percentage of that 1/3 drops FIOS.

One other thing of interest. I am hearing from a lot of Vreizon people that there will be an axe falling soon on a good portion of their workforce.

It could be a union busting thing, or just a lack of interest (income) triggering a shortage of cash to pay for unionized labor. Not sure what the spin will be when the SHTF.

I don't like Verizon FIOS too much. I have both Cablevision and FIOS at home and I find cable to be sigificantly faster. I have medium grade FIOS speed, yet cable is faster. Heck, even my office Verizon DSL is faster than home Verizon FIOS.

-E2



posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 01:48 PM
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Originally posted by EyesII

Originally posted by Doc Tesla
financial problems was just reason 1. there was one bigger problem. Lack of interest.


There is another reason. It's called a contract - 1 year or 2 years.

Cable is so sure of themselves that they do not need to push for contracts.

I also have a few buddies that work for Verizon and while they are still installing FIOS everywhere FIOS is offered, people are switching back to cable.


2 false, 1 misleading

the contract is there to cover the cost of the ONT unit they place on the side or inside of your house. expensive little boxes so verizon is just covering their investment.

cable sucks. it really does. not an opinion. Verizon won JD power and associates award for best available product 3 years running. it is simply the best based on public vote.

i have records (that unfortunately i cant post up) out of the 5000 people that my company signed up last year only 3% canceled. that's 150 people outta 5000. you can argue that is because of the contract and people don't wanna pay the cancellation fee but that was back when we had the 30 day no obligation trial offer.


edit to add : we have plans that are 20$ a month more but have no cancellation fee. even with the extra 20$ a month it is still cheaper then what most people pay for cable.

also cable doesnt do credit checks which is why alot of people are forced to stay with it. verizon does credit checks before they sign you up to make sure you can make the payments.

[edit on 28-3-2010 by Doc Tesla]



posted on Mar, 29 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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U.S. broadband providers will try to say the distances are much greater in the U.S. and that is part of the problem, it is a lie.

The extra distances add a fixed cost to the installation of fiber optic cable. Other nations do have to pay just as much for the incredibly expensive switches made by companies like Cisco.

One the fiber has been put down, the only thing holding back higher bandwidth speeds is crappy switches with not enough bandwidth, something these other countries have taken care of.

Broadband providers are almost always also cableTV or satellite or IPTV providers as well. They are merely protecting those businesses which would suffer if higher broadband speeds were available to the public.



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