Veroizon Fios, worth switching cable companies for?

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    Jun 29, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    I searched and didnt find this subject, so advance apologies if I missed it somehow. Verizon is coming to our neighborhood and we can now get FIOS. Is it worth switching cable companies for? We are more or less happ with the service we have, but there has been a lot of talk about how much better and fster Fios is for cable and computer. Anyone have an opinion?
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    Jun 30, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    Depends. If you're only getting internet, I would take Fios over cable any day. More reliable, consistent bandwidth, no throttling or traffic shaping, relatively cheaper. For TV, the Fios channel line-up isn't that good.

    Only drawbacks to Fios..

    - Gotta commit to annual contracts if you want the discounted price. Not a big deal, but if you end up moving and your new residence doesn't have Fios, then you gotta pay the early termination fee.

    - Can take forever to install. I don't know what it's like now, but I've heard it take 2 - 3 weeks from the time you order to the time it's actually installed.

    - Gotta set aside some space for them to install the ONT (Optical Network Terminal) and the battery pack and some other networking gear. Usually wall mountable in your garage or basement.

    If you sign up for their Fios internet/phone bundle, DO NOT allow them to pull your copper telephone lines. I've heard some cases where they do this without asking. If you ever decide to switch back to regular landline phone service or DSL internet service, it will cost a couple hundred dollars to re-install the copper lines.
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    Jun 30, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    Thanks, that's good advice. I'm not worried about moving because we've been here 35 years. Interesting point about the phone wies too. We still have an old wire dangling from the side of the house (out of the way where few people ever see it). I was going to pull it down but will leave it up now.
    The channel line up is a good point. I need to look at Verizon's offerings more carefully.
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    Jun 30, 2010 3:26 AM GMT
    Nope! Fios has a $360.00 Termination fee..id say stick to Cable
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    Jun 30, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    I don't use Fios for TV, but for internet, it is extremely reliable and extremely FAST.