Amid all the hubbub in this conversation, I would point out one key point that no one seems to have paid any attention to:
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.