Verizon may have curtailed any new FiOS expansions, but in Connecticut and New York it continued to put the fiber to the premises (FTTP)-based service into the hands of more users, making it available to a total of 3.7 million homes and businesses in both states as of the end of 2013.
Verizon may be preparing to deploy a FiOS Quantum Gateway and Zigbee home automation module supplied by Irvine, Calif.-based GreenWave Reality, FCC test documents obtained by FierceCable indicate.
Verizon reported that as of the end of 2013, its FiOS network service was available to almost 1.3 million homes and businesses throughout northern, central and southeastern Virginia.
Verizon has introduced its new "double up" promotion as a way to drive more of its customers to bundle FiOS with its growing 4G LTE wireless service. Having closed its acquisition of Vodafone's piece in Verizon Wireless last month, the promotion is one of many new marketing initiatives combining its wireless and wireline divisions.
Verizon Communications has made it clear that it won't bring FiOS to any new markets, but CFO Fran Shammo told investors it would consider expansions once the current buildouts have given it the best return on its investment.
Verizon launched a promotion called "double up," which is aimed at driving sales of FiOS triple-play bundles and smartphones that run on its 4G network.
Verizon insists that despite recent reports it has no plans today or in the future to limit the amount of bandwidth that its FiOS customers use every month.
Netflix revealed that while subscribers that use Verizon FiOS and other broadband services will see sluggish service, they can still access content, albeit at a lower quality or with some "startup delays" during peak hours, reports FierceOnlineVideo citing a Wall Street Journa l story. According to the report, some FiOS subscribers reported that Netflix streams have become "unwatchable." Read more
Cox Communications hasn't raised subscription fees on its Hampton Roads, Va., system, where it competes with Verizon's FiOS TV, in two years. But following rate hikes last year on FiOS programming packages and equipment, Cox said it'll hit subscribers in Hampton Roads with several price increases on March 1.
Verizon is no longer going to let customers sign up for its much talked about Home Monitoring and Control product, reports FierceCable. John Columbus, a Verizon spokesman, said it stopped accepting new orders in October.