A lot of people are talking about Verizon FiOS and the incredible Internet speeds and integrated TV services that come with it. But just what is FiOS?
To start, FiOS stands for Fiber Optic Service, and is pronounced
Fye-Ose. Data travels along FiOS cable at the speed of light, providing blazing fast Internet speeds and a huge line-up of HD television programs.
First, Verizon must do a build-out in the area to be served with FiOS. A single-mode optical fiber runs through the backyards, starting from the Verizon central office to the neighborhood to receive service.
After the service has been ordered, field technicians run the fiber to the home. The single-mode line is split using an optical splitter, which provides service for up to 32 homes.
When the fiber line reaches the home, a Optical Network Terminal converts the data onto existing copper lines, or dedicated coaxial cable that carries both data and video. All voice communications are carried over the home’s existing phone lines while inside the house.
There are three wavelengths of light in the FiOS signal: one is reserved for television programming, one for outbound data, and the third for inbound data (including video-on-demand and all Internet traffic).
Internet speeds range from 15/5 up to 150/35 (limited availability). Certain speeds are only available with a bundle which includes TV and phone service. Subscribers can choose from multiple TV packages, which include hundreds of HD channels.
In early 2010, Verizon announced they will not be expanding their FiOS service area. While Verizon is completing the network they started building in certain communities, new areas will not be able to order FiOS. Customers can check the Verizon website to see if FiOS is available in their area.
Eric has been a Verizon FiOS customer since December of 2008. If FiOS is available in your area, save when ordering by using a Verizon FiOS promotion code.