Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FiOS on the way to the neighborhood?

We may be getting high-speed fiber optic Internet sooner rather than later: the other day my roommate noticed Verizon workers installing a new orange cable on the pole in the alley where all the TV and phone cords are now, and it looks a lot like a fiber optic cable. I've seen a number of Verizon vans around lately, an according to the Wash Biz Journal, FiOS will be available in some parts of the city next year, although it says Ward One will be after that. Verizon says Columbia Heights will be in the initial service area, which should be sometime in early 2011. That's only a few months away, theoretically.

Assuming this is happening, I'm looking forward to it. The Internet now is not the most speedy or reliable for us, we have to reset the router regularly.

8 comments:

  1. This can't come soon enough. Thoroughly sick of Comcast's bait and switch tactics and there's no RCN love in my building.

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  2. I have FIOS now and love it. Really hope it comes through for you.

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  3. The link only lists certain streets in CH... does that mean the others wont be able to get service?

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  4. wheres the rest of columbia heights? sherman ave and kenyon st common on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. I live on 13th Street in Columbia Heights, and I was told recently by Verizon that it should be available by Spring or Summer 2011.

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  6. I would assume/hope that the in between streets would be covered, and this is just where they're doing work.

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  7. I'm not sure whether I'll switch or not. Verizon's reputation for customer service is horrendous, and I've talked to too many people who've gone through nightmare scenarios trying to get FiOS installed and services; and apparently billing is a major problem for them, especially if you cancel and continue to be billed.

    I've had very few problems with Comcast. Service for both TV and Internet has been reliable (except for some bad cable boxes that had to be replaced). HDTV is very good for me (3 TVs) and the Xfinity internet is extremely fast.

    I'll probably wait until others get it and try to find out if Verizon is as awful as they've been or if they've finally got their act together after years of incompetence.

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  8. I have RCN in 16th Street Heights and it's been pretty good to us (cheaper, no Triple Play deals where you don't need the phone anyway and then it expires). Only real downside is that the internet seems slightly slower than Comcast was sometimes (despite advertising speeds that were higher).

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