Category: Fios, U-Verse

Will I ever get fiber?


With consumer demand for fiber-to-the-home service increasing all the time, more and more people are asking, “Will I ever get fiber?”. Providers like Verizon Fios have been impressing consumers with their super fast fiber based broadband and TV service. They consistently rank in the top for customer satisfaction survey’s and outperformed all other ISPs ability to deliver advertised speeds according the first FCC Broadband Report (published 2011). In fact, Verizon’s Fios service and the FCC Broadband Report was probably the biggest factor in pushing other ISPs to actually deliver on their advertised speeds as evident by the most recent 2013 study.

Google has changed the course of history for one small town in Kansas by choosing it as their test ground for Google Fiber: a super fast fiber to the home service offering speeds of 1 gigabit. But what about the majority of the population in the U.S. that does not have access to fiber-to-the-home? Unfortunately Google isn’t planning to grow into a large ISP. Any additional Google Fiber cities will be few and far between. The same goes for Fios. Verizon spent over $20 billion building the Fios infrastructure, and the capital costs have taken a toll on their balance sheet. In order to keep investors happy, they had to stop new Fios build-outs and focus on customer acquisition in the existing areas. If there’s no Fios installations in your town now, don’t expect any in many years to come. If you live in a town where Verizon is not the incumbent phone service provider, don’t expect Fios in the next decade.

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Category: U-Verse

5 Things you Should Know About AT&T U-verse

Competition is getting much stiffer for cable companies as more areas in the country have additional choices in regard to their TV options.  AT&T has added its name to the mix with the recent launch of U-Verse, a suite of products that thrive on IP (Internet Protocol) technology.  Some of the most notable offerings include broadband internet, digital television and VoIP telephone services.  AT&T U-Verse is a 100% digital service that utilizes various fiber-optic technologies to enable high-speed access.  Because the service is delivered by hard line, you can enjoy better overall reliability in comparison to satellite.   While U-verse is gaining ground on the paid TV market, there are a few things you should know before purchasing service.  Here are five of them:

1.) The DVR is Impressive

AT&T’s digital video recorder, Total DVR, is pretty functional and gives you all the features commonly found in other hardware.  There are user-friendly programming menus and parental controls along with the ability to pause live TV, zoom through commercials and so forth.  The U-Verse DVR holds up to 233 hours of SD programming and 65 hours of HD, which is respectable compared to other providers.  The biggest downside to the AT&T hardware is the one DVR per household policy, and this DVR is limited to 2  HD recordings or 4 SD recordings at a time.  If you need TV service in more than one room, it’s going to cost you an additional $7 per receiver. What’s great about the additional receiver’s is that each one can access the DVR through a U-verse home network setup when U-Verse is installed.

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Category: Fios

Why Would You Want Fios® Digital Voice?

Fios® (Fiber Optic Service) is a suite of digital services offered by Verizon in select markets throughout the United States. This suite consists of Fios Internet, Fios TV, and Fios Digital Voice telephone services.

Fios differs from previous attempts at consumer fiber optic services, because Verizon is delivering fiber connections directly to the residence. Previously, various service providers, including Verizon, offered fiber connections to the curb (FTTC), and the customer still relied on copper wiring from the curb to their residence. Since Fios is a purely fiber optic service, customers will receive much higher data transmission rates, which will allow high speed internet, telephone, and television transmissions all travel over the same connection simultaneously without degradation.

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Category: U-Verse

AT&T U-verse Deals

After getting tons of positive feedback on the guide to Verizon Fios Deals, we worked up a similar guide for AT&T U-verse. This guide will keep you up to date on the latest U-verse bundles and special promotions available from AT&T. Uverse offers are constantly changing and you’ve probably been bombarded by advertisements. This causes a lot of confusion for consumers. We’ll break the deals down and show you how to get the best deal.

Category: Fios, VOIP

Business Phone Service: Verizon vs. Comcast vs. Vonage

We’ve all been hearing a lot about VOIP recently (Voice Over Internet Protocol). As the name suggests, these next-generation phone lines use a computer network rather than a traditional phone network to relay your calls across the globe. The main benefit of VOIP is the elimination of long-distance fees, allowing you to make an infinite amount of calls across the country for one flat monthly fee.

Obviously, this is a great advantage for many homes and businesses – no doubt you know at least one person with a VOIP phone service. As interest and awareness in VOIP service continues to grow, phone providers are rushing to improve their programs and technology in an attempt to earn our business. One of the latest competitors to the game is Comcast. In an effort to steal back market share that their cable TV division has lost to Verizon FIOS, Comcast has begun to push their Business Digital Voice program.

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Category: Fios, Gadgets, U-Verse

Detailed Overview of AT&T U-Verse Total Home DVR

The sales pitch for AT&T’s U-Verse is enticing, but nearly every product since the advent of TiVo has made similar claims of changing the way that people watch television. So the question quickly becomes one of determining how, or even if, the AT&T U-Verse can live up its claims. It might be best to look at these claims on a situational basis and understand the theory of how the U-Verse is supposed to work. Before discussing these features, one needs to have a good understanding of what AT&T’s U-Verse is.

In theory, AT&T’s U-Verse is a VDSL service and hardware bundle that is designed to serve as a one-stop solution for all of one’s communication needs short of a mobile phone. In practice, what most people think of when they hear the term U-Verses is actually the set-top box that can receive up to 100 high definition (HD) channels. The set-top box itself is only part of the package, but it is the physical component and thus the most obvious portion. The VDSL service and VoIP bundling are also a major part of U-Verse, though the latter is not a hard and fast requirement.

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Category: Fios, U-Verse, VOIP

Comcast vs. AT&T U-verse

Comcast is one of the largest cable providers in the United States, and they have positioned themselves comfortably in a lot of markets where there is little to no competition. AT&T is poised to introduce U-Verse in a lot of markets that Comcast has an established presence in, and the competition will result in a great situation for consumers. Choosing between Comcast and AT&T U-verse may prove to be difficult if you do not have enough information about either provider.

Compare Promotions

Most of the big TV and Internet providers are constantly competing on price and pushing new incentives to get new customers. That means the offers usually change a lot from week to week.

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Category: Gadgets

17″ MacBook Pro: Great Investment

A few months ago, my three-year-old Toshiba laptop took a turn for the worst. The problems had progressed beyond your standard Windows XP problems into the realm of slow but steady hardware failure. When I first noticed that a major repair was in the cards for my Toshiba, I immediately started saving for a 17″ MacBook Pro.

This was, by no means, a switch for me. This would be my fourth Mac, and the last one I owned was a pre-Intel Mac Mini. It has been a few years since I owned one, and I never considered going for the high-end models, because I could not rationalize the cost. After purchasing my MacBook Pro, I can honestly say that it is worth every penny.

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Category: Fios, U-Verse, VOIP

AT&T U-Verse

AT&T Uverse is an Internet Protocol (IP) based communication and entertainment platform, which delivers television and voice services over a high speed internet connection. Uverse is AT&T’s answer to Verizon’s Fios services. While Verizon delivers their services over a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) connection, AT&T is currently delivering Uverse over a combination of fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and FTTP connections, with the option of upgrading all customers to FTTP in the future as bandwidth requirements rise. Uverse offers lower connection speeds than Verizon’s Fios, but provides a larger array of services for a significantly lower price. Since AT&T is using a combination of existing copper wire services and fiber optics, they should be able to expand their services more quickly, and take advantage of existing infrastructure.

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Category: Fios

Verizon Triple Play

Triple play packages seem to be all the rage now, and it’s easy to see why. Consumers can get big discounts by bundling multiple services, and the service providers get more revenue per customer. Verizon is one of the largest providers of triple play bundles. They’re also the highest rated triple play provider according to a survey by Consumer Reports. Let’s break down the latest Verizon Triple Play offerings to see what we get.

The triple play bundles from Verizon can be confusing because there are two totally different sets of service offerings:

  1. Verizon Triple Play (Phone + High Speed Internet/DSL + DirecTV)
  2. Verizon Fios Triple Play (Phone + Fios Internet + Fios TV)

The Bundle Pricing and Promotions are current as of September 2011.

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