Picture some 17,000 miles of fiber-optic cabling--equaling six trips between New York City and Los Angeles--and you'll have some idea of how much infrastructure Verizon Communications has installed in the Big Apple. That infrastructure includes interoffice and backbone network equipment, specialized fiber for large enterprises, and consumer and SMB FiOS services.
Verizon is revising its FiOS buildout plan in Washington, D.C., from nine years to 10 years, which it says is within its rights under a franchise agreement it filed with the D.C. Office of Cable Television (OCT), reports FierceCable.
The growth of competitive wireline television services in two U.S. markets has taken an interesting turn: In Washington, D.C., Verizon said it would change a nine-year FiOS rollout plan to 10 years. And in San Francisco, citizens are getting some legislative support in a battle against AT&T's placement of cabinets necessary to deliver U-verse service.
Verizon plans to complement its growing set of higher Quantum FiOS Internet speeds with a new Wi-Fi router that will support the multiple wireless devices consumers are using in their homes to access the Internet and other content.
Verizon is appealing to new potential FiOS subscribers with a new $50 video, broadband promotional bundle, but customers will need to be prepared for the price jump when the promotional period ends.
Even as management has "done some interesting things with FiOS services," Verizon's overall wireline business "lags the major wireline operators such as AT&T, Comcast and Cablevision," a Seeking Alpha analysis has concluded.
Verizon introduced a new loyalty plan earlier this year focused on adding value for FiOS customers called My Rewards+, an initiative designed to recognize a customer's service choice and provide rewards for certain behaviors. Now it appears that it's paying off.
With the rollout of new home video gateways from Arris, Verizon is introducing FiOS Quantum TV as a new brand for its cable programming service.
Verizon may see New York City as one of its key existing FiOS growth markets, but it claims that building owners are not letting the telco's crews install the service, reports The New York World.
Verizon may have no immediate plans to enter new markets with FiOS, but in existing markets like California and Massachusetts, the service provider extended the service to a total of 2.4 million homes and businesses in 2013.