dslreports logo

story category
Verizon Says They'll Deliver 1 Gbps When You Want It
Company Tries to Downplay Google Fiber, 1 Gbps Advancements
by Karl Bode 03:51PM Tuesday Feb 12 2013
Responding to all the attention being given to Google Fiber, Gigabit Squared, and the FCC's rather hollow recent 1 Gbps challenge," Verizon's top policy man Link Hoewing proclaims that Verizon is ready and willing to offer 1 Gbps connections -- as soon as consumer demand warrants. Kind of amusingly, a company that has historically placed all their marketing emphasis on speed, is now trying to argue speed doesn't really tell the whole story. Such an explanation only of course comes coincidentally as options faster that FiOS start getting press attention:
We've already demonstrated we can deliver 1Gbps and even 10 Gbps speeds over the same fiber to a home. As consumer demands and needs grow, we can increase our speeds. But offering a high speed connection to the home does not tell the full story when it comes to delivering the best possible and most capable broadband service. A high number of bits-per-second-connection alone isn't sufficient, because other factors aside from speed affect the quality and capability of a connection.
Hoewing goes on to give network architectural lessons about route hops and latency, all essentially to try and explain away why a search company is offering 1 Gbps connections and a company dedicated to broadband technology isn't.

Unmentioned by Hoewing for obvious reasons is Verizon's plan to essentially hang up on tens of millions of DSL users they can't be bothered to upgrade (speed certainly matters to them), or the fact that FiOS expansion -- with the exception of a few east coast cities under franchise agreement -- is completely frozen. Quite possibly permanently.

106 comments .. click to read

Recommended comments

Greenville, TX

2 recommendations

reply to pittpete1

Re: Just give me fast FIOS!

People who have different needs than you need a 1gbps connection. Don't like it? Don't speak for others, speak for yourself. If you want to speak about "needs" go back to using dialup.

Verizon stopped their FiOS expansion, despite there being large amounts of demand, because the shareholders wanted to see a return on their shares.