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John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma

After 7 years, have to say goodbye to FIOS....

Way back in September '05 I got FIOS internet and added TV in February '07 when it became available. It's been great. I really am going to miss it.

But, I am relocating to Florida next month and have to part ways with Verizon. The house I bought is in an AT&T area, and U-Verse is not available. My options are AT&T POTS/DSL with DirecTV, or Brighthouse for cable internet, TV, and phone.

It looks like I'm going with the Brighthouse option. Their service seems decent and their support is supposed to be pretty good. But, they don't offer expanded storage for DVR and other things that I really enjoy as part of my FIOS service. The low capped upload speeds are something I really am not happy about. I think 40/5 service is the best I can get.

At least I can do the MyDomain thing to keep my Verizon email addresses that the wife and I have used for 7 years.

It's been real...
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...


aguen
Premium
join:2003-07-16
Grants Pass, OR
kudos:2

I understand your dilemma, I've had fios for just over 6 years now. I'm retiring to southern Or. next month. My only real choice for internet and tv is Charter but it's a much better "living" environment than what I have now.

Good Luck in your new location.



aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA

2 recommendations

reply to John97

If I ever move again, the available ISPs where I move will be near the top of my priority list. Actually it will be the top priority.



John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma
reply to aguen

said by aguen:

I understand your dilemma, I've had fios for just over 6 years now. I'm retiring to southern Or. next month. My only real choice for internet and tv is Charter but it's a much better "living" environment than what I have now.

Good Luck in your new location.

Thanks. I'm also going to have a much better lifestyle, so giving up FIOS is really a small price to pay.

I'll still have access to FIOS TV, somewhat. I am parking my Hava (like a Slingbox) at my brother's place so I can still watch all the local sports and other stuff I would otherwise miss down there.
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...

knarf829

join:2007-06-02
kudos:1
reply to John97

Sorry to see you go. Enjoy your new climate.



buckingham
Buckingham Pa
Premium
join:2005-07-17
Buckingham, PA
reply to John97

Sad to see you're leaving the area, John, but I hope that what comes next will be great for you and your family!


pappy97

join:2007-03-12
Dallas, TX
reply to John97

So I take it you didn't move to the Tampa area? Because, doesn't Tampa area have FIOS?



John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1

Thanks for the kind words...

I'll be 35 miles north of Tampa. Some of the houses I looked at closer to Tampa indeed had FIOS.
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...



Rogerdoger40

join:2002-11-07
Bradenton, FL

You should went south of Tampa, I had Bright-house and my wife use to work for Bright-house and all I can tell you is it's no FIOS. I think I would rather have Direct TV then brighthouse TV,I would use Bright house for internet and home phone.

Good luck!



John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma

said by Rogerdoger40:

You should went south of Tampa, I had Bright-house and my wife use to work for Bright-house and all I can tell you is it's no FIOS. I think I would rather have Direct TV then brighthouse TV,I would use Bright house for internet and home phone.

Good luck!

I'll consider that. Thanks.
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...


sashwa
Premium,Mod
join:2001-01-29
Alcatraz
kudos:17
reply to John97

Good luck, John, with your move.


rebus9

join:2002-03-26
Tampa Bay
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
·Bright House
reply to John97

said by John97:

But, I am relocating to Florida next month and have to part ways with Verizon.

Where abouts in FL?


John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma

said by rebus9:

said by John97:

But, I am relocating to Florida next month and have to part ways with Verizon.

Where abouts in FL?

Hernando County
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...

hszeto

join:2002-06-05
reply to aaronwt

said by aaronwt:

If I ever move again, the available ISPs where I move will be near the top of my priority list. Actually it will be the top priority.

Same for me at least for past few years and believe it will remind the same for at least a decade.

rebus9

join:2002-03-26
Tampa Bay
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
·Bright House
reply to John97

said by John97:

said by rebus9:

said by John97:

But, I am relocating to Florida next month and have to part ways with Verizon.

Where abouts in FL?

Hernando County

Ah... I'm right next door in Pasco. For sure the best option will be Brighthouse. Hernando AT&T is still back in the 20th century.

Tampa Bay Brighthouse is pretty decent, and customer service is very good. You'll almost always get right to a live local rep when calling, without any long hold queue. You can get 40/5 for under $100 even on stand-alone service. So it could be worse.

You picked a good time of year to move down... just starting our "nice weather" season.


IowaCowboy
Iowa native
Premium
join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Verizon Broadban..
·Comcast
reply to John97

If I moved to Florida, it would be to Broward county (Ft. Lauderdale/Pompano Beach/Deerfield Beach area). Pretty decent down there. I took a trip down there in August of 2011 to clean out grandma's old house before it was sold (and not by choice as her ex-husband's estate forced the sale in court).

Cable provider down there is Comcast (like we have here in Springfield, MA) and they have pretty generous speeds (up to 105/20).
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I wish I still lived in Iowa; Everything there from rent and groceries to Cable TV is much cheaper in Iowa (especially with an overbuilder in town).


Mahalo

join:2000-12-20
united state
kudos:1
reply to John97

Come just a little futher south, to Pasco, and you would have Fios.



cableties
Premium
join:2005-01-27
reply to John97

Sorry to see you leave Bucks Cty. Definitely not gonna miss the "532 bypass"...

"Location, Location, Location, FiOS?"
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Splat


hubrisnxs

join:2009-12-30
Fountain Valley, CA
kudos:1

dtv for sure. picture and features are the bees knees. plus 1080p vod :]



John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma
reply to cableties

said by Mahalo:

Come just a little futher south, to Pasco, and you would have Fios.

I tried. I went down with a list of 30 houses to look at. The majority were in Pasco county, a few in Hillsborough, and a few in Hernando. Things just worked out the way they did. I bought a house, no turning back now.

said by cableties:

Sorry to see you leave Bucks Cty. Definitely not gonna miss the "532 bypass"...

"Location, Location, Location, FiOS?"

I agree. Not going to miss alot of the traffic and whatnot.
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...


John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma
reply to hubrisnxs

said by hubrisnxs:

dtv for sure. picture and features are the bees knees. plus 1080p vod :]

Thanks. I got some more info DTV today and that put me over the top.
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...

fioseller

join:2007-08-31
Lindenhurst, NY
reply to aaronwt

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way. I started another thread about my search over the last year or 2 regarding FIOS in Florida. I did make it a priority and I am pleased with what I learned. So, for me I will be getting FIOS when I move down next year. I will move to Polk County and it is there.



altermatt
Premium
join:2004-01-22
White Plains, NY
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS
reply to John97

Relieved to find that I'm not the only lunatic to actually be considering future moves in terms of where FIOS is! No, it's not the only consideration, but it would be VERY hard for me to give up FIOS, not just because of the services (which some cable companies really do come close to or surpass) but because I'm currently enjoying pretty good price. If my bill jumped to the level that cable costs in many of the places I've looked, I might feel better about losing FIOS, although I'm a VZ subscriber from the beginning of my broadband experience (first DSL, then FIOS) and plan on keeping it if I can for the duration.

To the original poster: We have friends in Palm Coast who use Brighthouse and are very happy with it, though they pay more than I do for FIOS.
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The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it. -- Stanley Kubrick


hubrisnxs

join:2009-12-30
Fountain Valley, CA
kudos:1
reply to John97

plus you can watch your DVR from your laptop with their software. and their youtube on tv works flawlessly, and they have an in theatres now option. It's kinda pricey, but about the same price if you took your family to the actual theatre. if I couldn't get fios I would definetely get DTV again. I was ecstatic withthe quality and features. It was worth paying a little extra, but their introductory offer is very attractive, and their ordering system is SPOT ON. If I want to change my tv plan it's instant. no waiting around for hours or days for orders.



John97
Over The Hills And Far Away
Premium
join:2000-11-14
Spring Hill, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Bright House
·ooma
reply to John97

I figure I'll bring this full circle and report back after my first month with my new services here in Florida.

My DirecTV works great. I am very happy with the service. I have their new Genie 5-tuner DVR system and despite alot of complaints people are posting about online, I am not having issues with the client units, etc. We got some pretty good rain, and didn't lose service or notice any "rain fade" while watching tv.

I have Brighthouse (Time Warner) internet (40/5) and phone service. Now, both work great. I had some issues with their combo modem/router device which was installed, but since that was replaced I have no complaints.

Getting used to the feature/interface differences with DTV is taking a bit, but it's nothing time won't fix.

I still wish I had FIOS available here, but what I do have is sufficient.
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So put me on a highway, and show me a sign.
And take it to the limit one more time...


Max Greene

join:2000-12-22
Bayonne, NJ
Reviews:
·Boost Mobile
reply to aaronwt

said by aaronwt:

If I ever move again, the available ISPs where I move will be near the top of my priority list. Actually it will be the top priority.

This place helps me not feel crazy putting that so high on this list all these years.