Verizon Fios launched in 2005 as one of the first internet providers to offer true Fiber to the Home (FTTH) internet services to residential customers. Today, Verizon Fios provides service to 38.2 million people and is available across 10 states with the most coverage in District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Maryland. Verizon Fios typically services densely populated urban and suburban cities in the Northeast.
Verizon Fios Internet Services
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With Verizon Fios, you can choose to start out with the Fios 300 Mbps plan, a good choice for many users and smaller households. Or, you can select the fastest plan that delivers download speeds near 2 Gbps.
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|Verizon Fios internet||Up to 2 Gbps||$24.99 per month||Unlimited data|
Compared to cable internet providers like Xfinity or Cox, Verizon Fios is a lower-priced and faster option. Verizon Fios is on the more costly end of the spectrum when you compare them to other fiber providers like AT&T and CenturyLink. However, neither of their fiber competitors offer better promotions than Verizon Fios. Find out which deals and freebies are available with each plan on our Verizon Fios deals and promotions page.
Verizon Fios Internet Speeds
Verizon Fios is preferred by most customers where it’s available since it provides symmetrical download and upload speeds in the 300 Mbps to 2 Gbps range. These speeds are several times higher than the maximum offered by legacy technologies like coaxial cable and DSL (especially when it comes to upload speeds).
The term “fiber” for consumer internet is often muddled by advertising. Essentially, all internet connections use fiber, since fiber is the backbone of the internet internationally and is used by all providers to transmit data over long distances within the U.S. or within individual cities.
What makes fiber providers like Verizon Fios different is that they also lay fiber cables between their local offices and individual subscriber addresses. Also known as “Fiber to the Home,” or “FTTH” service, this configuration is superior to “Hybrid Fiber” or “Fiber to the Node” networks that run fiber nearby but not all the way to the destination. Instead, they switch to existing low-cost copper wiring for the last hop. With FTTH through Verizon Fios, customers can expect high-quality internet speeds up to gigabit capabilities.
Verizon Fios Internet vs. Verizon Wireless
Verizon wireless service is top-rated across the country, especially with the introduction of 5G Ultra Wideband. Chances are you might already have a Verizon wireless plan yourself. In that case, bundling your current plan with Verizon Fios service may result in monthly savings. If you don’t currently have wireless with Verizon, you may want to consider it, since Verizon always advertises money-saving promotions for new wireless customers.