Podcast Audio | Posted by Phil Leigh on January 12, 2008
Our guest today is Erik Heels who is an MIT-educated Engineer and patent lawyer. He publishes his own blog about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll. We talk to him about his experience with FiOS high speed Internet access, and related topics.
If you live in a neighborhood where Verizon’s FiOS service is available, it is likely that you can subscribe to a truly high-speed Internet service. For example, here in Tampa subscribers can get 20Mb/s download and upload speeds. That is about three times as fast as my current download speed from BrightHouse which is a CATV company. The upload speed is about ten times as fast as I have from BrightHouse.
Verizon expects to pass 18 million homes by the end of next year with its FiOS service. Thus, it has the potential in leading the way to a video-centric Internet. But I wanted to talk to an early adopter of FiOS service just to see if it lives up to expectations.
Phil’s Take. The principal factor retarding growth for Internet Video is the comparatively slow ISP bandwidth provided in the United States. Verizon has a chance to change that with its FiOS infrastructure. Perhaps by the end of this year they will see the wisdom of competing with the CATV companies at the cable company weak spot, to wit, truly high-speed Internet access.