What are the politics of high speed internet? Seems like all the major players want to control the market place who gets access and who doesnt. It appears that the better services (e.g. Verizon FiOS, cable, etc) are not available in the poorer neighborhoods. How does a midle income area increase its candidacy for these products? I can get Verizon DSL but they wont give me the FiOS. Thanks for your reply.
- Ron, May 24, 2008 (name changed for privacy)
Hi Ron, remember that I do not represent Verizon FiOS nor do I work for Verizon, so these are my own personal views.
Before discussing Politics, it is important to remember that a Business (Verizon FiOS or any other) needs to invest money in profitable ways both short term and long term. If a business loses money after making a sizeable investment, people lose jobs and customers lose services. No one wins when a Business makes an unwise investment.
If Verizon FiOS were to roll fiber optic cable down my rural street, I would be quite surprised. For their sake, I would also hope that others beside me would sign up for the service. My street is currently serviced by Charter Cable Internet and AT&T DSL internet services. Imagine investing millions of dollars into that market place, kind of scary if they were to use my money. But the Verizon FiOS product looks like a good one and many people want it, and of course I want it too.
Back to politics. Try doing a Google.com search for your state, city, or town along with the words “verizon fios license” for example. Verizon FiOS needs approval to operate in your area. If they get approval, then they have to build out the system which takes time to do. If it’s not too late, you can do your part by voting or voicing your opinion in writing to those in power to approve the Verizon FiOS service.
When I read rumors that local governments request that Verizon FiOS rebuild a public library or give other perks to the town, I bite my tongue. Everyone will benefit in the USA once 100 Mbps internet service is main stream. Any politician that stands in the way of 100 Mbps internet service is a fool. Want to work and video conference from home, want more competition in TV like video and CD quality music online, a truly interactive and liberated media environment? That’s what Verizon FiOS internet service is bringing forth.
Verizon FiOS has the potential for 100 Mbps, however, it is currently not offered at this speed. Please read these two articles I wrote for additional information about Verizon FiOS internet and FiOS TV services: Verizon FiOS vs Comcast Internet and Verizon FiOS Internet
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