Verizon to Offer FTTP

Verizon Communications is launching bundled phone, data and video services using “fiber to the premises” technology in Keller, Texas. They plan to expand services to one million homes in nine states by the end of this year and another two million homes next year.

The late 1990s saw fiber optics backbones being built all over the nation, but little of that capacity was directly connected to homes and businesses and most fiber has remained dark. With Verizon’s initial US$1 Billion investment to solve this last mile problem, we could be seeing the resurrection of all that fiber. Their initial service will offer Internet connection speeds up to 30 mbps. The leap in speed is staggering, considering that the top cable Internet speed is currently 3 mbps. Verizon will launch video services sometime next year and then they hope to leapfrog cable and satellite competitors by offering more HDTV channels and interactive capabilities.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).