The Boston Globe has a rather odd piece of reporting that absolutely gushes over Verizon's new FiOS Quantum broadband speeds, informing the paper's readers that "broadband speeds outpace demand" courtesy of Verizon. While it's true that Verizon's new 50/25, 75/35, 150/65 and 300/65 Mbps speed tiers may provide more speed than many consumers need, that's little consolation to the millions of Verizon users who'll never get it because Verizon froze FiOS expansion. While the Globe touches briefly on Comcast and Verizon's fastest offerings -- the paper fails at context -- oddly ignoring the millions of U.S. consumers stuck with ISPs that probably can't or just won't be providing them anything more than 1.5 Mbps downstream anytime in the next decade, or the pathetic state of competition largely to blame for these speed shortcomings.
Update: As several of our readers note, the Boston Globe somehow forgets to mention that FiOS isn't even available in the majority of downtown Boston.
Very small part of cambridge has it also, like a very small part of boston has it. the basics are that it depends on the pop. if the pop has fios they made sure all of it's foot print got fios. -- "It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"
I thought Verizon had a dispute with Mayor Menino about FIOS and they were unable to roll it out (assuming they would have even wanted to) unless they agreed to a bunch of city demands. Since FIOS requires digging to run fiber to individual homes, the city has leverage. I don't understand how a POP in Cambridge, for example, could serve a customer in Boston, without having fiber optics running to that customer's premises.
Very small part of cambridge has it also, like a very small part of boston has it. the basics are that it depends on the pop. if the pop has fios they made sure all of it's foot print got fios.
You're incorrect. FiOS is not available ANYWHERE in the city of Boston (despite everyone in Boston wanting it). Our s***head mayor supposedly gave Verizon an ultimatum that they either wire all of the Boston city proper (including the more remote & economically depressed areas south of downtown) or he wouldn't grant them a cable license in the city.
Verizon balked and now, with FiOS deployments suspended (terminated?), everyone in Boston lost out. Even Philly got FiOS...awesome.
Parts of Boston fed from other pops outside of boston get fios. It's a small chunk and they ran it under ground
WHAT?!? You're claiming some people in Boston somehow got Verizon to wire within the city, simply because they border the suburbs??? I'd love to believe you, but I call BS unless you can give areas/addresses. No way this is true!
moulder do a search here on dslr don't be lazy there were articles about it, they don't offer tv thanks to the city wanting everything from firetrucks to extra cars for the boston library. -- "It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"
Parts of Boston fed from other pops outside of boston get fios. It's a small chunk and they ran it under ground, the story was even here on dslr years ago.
Do they provide cable TV through the fiber optic lines? As far as I know, the law in Massachusetts is that cable companies must have franchise agreements with municipalities in order to provide CATV, so how do they get around that?
they don't provide catv , just net and phone, verizon does it in some other areas as well. Not just boston. -- "It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"
Yeah, neither my home nor my workplace in Cambridge have FiOS available. In fact, my office just got Comcast cable for the first time this year. The previous two offices, both in the heart of Harvard Square, had neither cable or FiOS - it was DSL or T1 or dial-up... welcome to one of the tech capitals of the world! -- Join the DSLR Kiva team!
The centers fiber is all dedicated to the tech companies.... I can tell ya west Cambridge can get fils depending on the pop. -- "It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"
2012-Jul-10 9:57 pm: ·
Mike Premium,Mod join:2000-09-17 Pittsburgh, PA kudos:1
Pittsburgh is the same way. Only a certain few areas have it. Thus they can advertise "PITTSABURGY HAS FIOS!@#@$!!!!" When it's only a couple neighborhoods out of 90 total. -- "If something about the human body disgusts you, complain to the manufacturer" - Lenny Bruce What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.
Makes me wonder how Baltimore City feels not having it while Baltimore County has it; and, even then, only in cherry picked neighborhoods. Funny thing is that even in those cherry picked neighborhoods, it's not a complete buildout (PSC rules be damned).
I live in a Verizon area about three miles from the border of a Pittsburgh suburb where FiOS ends except for "greenfield" construction. Verizon spends tons of money advertising FiOS to people who can't get FiOS.
2012-Jul-10 11:35 am: ·
Camaro Question everything Premium join:2008-04-05 Westfield, MA
I know for a fact you can get it in Brockton, my brother lives there and and when I go to visit him I check. Going to the Verizon site is useless every time I try to find service it goes to the screen to verify your address and stops it won't continue to show if any kind of service, at least for me. If anyone can try and get results I would love to know. So trying to search that way is useless and you can't talk to anyone at Verizon unless you are a customer or ordering a service they tell you to go online.
Syracuse is cut up into a real miss mosh. The city proper doesn't have FiOS. In the northern burbs where I live my little section can get all the speeds up to 300 yet even within my area there are people who live literally within 5 blocks that can't get it. It's so screwed one guy has FiOS, can't get the higher speeds, and when he called the CSR's insisted he didn't have FiOS on the street he lives on. -- If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans - Woody Allen
it's easy to get seduced by the speed.. the pricing.. not so much..
It depends. Considering how much Comcast has raised prices in the last couple of years and that they are now making it much tougher for existing customers to get good promos at least where I live, FiOS prices seem to still be competitive.
My girlfriend lives on a city near Boston but can't get FiOS because Verizon did not wire her street even though the main street down the block and one on the other side of the block DO have FiOS. We found out when she was looking for alternatives to Comcast and looks like she is stuck with them. Why would Verizon not wire specific streets in a neighborhood this way? It's a middle/working class neighborhood.
My street in Fitchburg MA (40 miles west of Boston) was just hooked up, oddly enough, today. The city has had coverage since 2008 in places. I live in a new development that I would say likely is more affluent than the city as a whole, so sometimes it seems they ignore the areas maybe more likely to actually get them some subscribers.
Because it's not serviced from a fios enabled pop, if the street was on another pop that didn't get it then the street wasn't wired. -- "It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"
My friend lives in Dorchester,just outside Boston and he can't get fios. I think it's because (mumbals) Tom Manino(mayor of Boston ) won't let Verizon in other towns is because Tom thinks Comcast is cheaper for the consumer.