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Keep in mind that one fiber line can support nearly unlimited bandwidth, so at some point everyone can have a super fast connection without being a problem. Also, remember that through one line Verizon is carrying HDTV, Internet access, and Telephone with no real problems. Fiber is definitely better in terms of how many people you can serve and allowing your designs to be future-resistant.
While you are correct here it should be mentioned that all three services can and are carried on a single coaxial cable as well. Also, much of a modern cable system in the United States is fiber. The connections from the head-end all the way to the node (a centralized device that typically services anywhere from 300-1000 homes) are almost always fiber since it has far less attenuation problems per foot than coaxial cable. The connections from the node to the home are almost always (with fios being the exception) coaxial since it's relatively cheap and easy to maintain/install.

Fiber is much more future resistant I'll agree. As it stands, fiber bandwidth is limited only by the devices at either end of the communication.
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AZ has no FIOS.

I have the fastest available from Qwest...7mbps, does a decent job. Only reason I have this is because my parents have it bundled with DTV and Phone service. Although we do get a nice discount, about 70$ for DTV, HD, DVR, HBO and 2 leased HD DVR Recievers...not bad compared to Cox.
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Last Result:
Download Speed: 20534 kbps (2566.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 4602 kbps (575.3 KB/sec transfer rate)

I've had it for quite a while now and it's always fast.
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I have charter 5mb down/.500k up



Note: I wasn't getting these speeds until I change wireless adapters...my speeds were in the single digits before I made the switch..anyone know why that was?
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23.5 MB Down, 53.8 MB Up
bring it on
at home i use fios (pennsylvania) and it is pretty amazing... we used to have cable, but upgraded
and that test is from a building in the philadelphia school system. right now I am 1 floor under the central hub of Verizon for the entire East Coast. it is literally an entire floor of servers, and it is right above my head. so my connection's pretty fast
Edited by sniperbob613 - 5/27/08 at 8:51am
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Your standard RG-6 coax cable is able to do 100Mb it's just if the cable companies opened the pipe that much it would overwhelm their main hubs
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Your standard RG-6 coax cable is able to do 100Mb it's just if the cable companies opened the pipe that much it would overwhelm their main hubs
*switches.

Hubs = bad.. very bad.
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23.5 MB Down, 53.8 MB Up
bring it on
at home i use fios (pennsylvania) and it is pretty amazing... we used to have cable, but upgraded
and that test is from a building in the philadelphia school system. right now I am 1 floor under the central hub of Verizon for the entire East Coast. it is literally an entire floor of servers, and it is right above my head. so my connection's pretty fast
Guess what OCN's #1 in Top15 Internet Connections download guy is gonna post? His best results



Game over.

Also it seems Verizon has the tech to give real 100mbit internet but they don't, while others give 50mbit+ speeds when actually labelling your connection as 20mbit.
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Amid all the hubbub in this conversation, I would point out one key point that no one seems to have paid any attention to:

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Still, it's not entirely clear that people on fiber connections are going to have a big advantage over slowpokes on regular broadband. Today, there is not much that can be done on a fast connection that can't be done on a standard one. Fiber is already available to a third of South Korean homes, but that hasn't revolutionized society there, at least not yet.
I'm not saying that FTTH is a waste of time, or that I don't want it eventually, or whatever. I'm just saying that most people won't actually see much of an improvement in average use. If you're a heavy P2P user, the upload speeds will be obviously higher, sure. But for average downloading? Probably not so much. My work PC is getting about 20/10 to the outside world (according to SpeedTest), and my home PC can't touch that (something like 6/0.7, IIRC). But in almost all cases, I can't tell a significant difference between my online experiences at home vs. at work...that lowly 6/0.7 is doing a darn fine job, thank you very much.

In short: No way I would pay much of a premium for FTTH. Looking at Verizon's cost for FIOS, I might consider the "Faster" option attractive: it's only a few dollars more than my current cable broadband, with almost triple the speeds both up and down. But the other options look silly, especially the "Fastest". If you're spending $140/month for internet service (and you're not a business), you're flat out crazy insane.
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I live in Northern Va. and I have FiOS, get my internet, HDTV, and phone through it. I have the 15Mb down/2Mb up, it's all bundled together for $130 a month. I have never had an issue or any downtime whatsoever with my FiOS internet, EVER! That and it's $20 a month cheaper than the crappy 6Mb down/ 700k up cable I had that was out every time I turned around. The modem/router they give you also does wireless and has 4 ports for ethernet. I get 6Mb downloads wireless on my laptop.

Your download speeds are only as good as the upload speeds of the host. The fastest downloads I have ever gotten are from guru3d & filehippo which both get up to 2Mbps.
Edited by mtbiker033 - 5/27/08 at 11:02am
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