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.