Term:FiOS [Fiber Optic Service]

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FiOS is a Fiber Optic Service originally deployed by Verizon Communications.

FiOS is similar to DSL and cable in that it is a digital service connection over which multiple services can be provided, including internet, telephone, and television.

FiOS differs from DSL and cable in that it uses a fiber-optic connection to the home or nearby distribution point. As a result, the data speeds available via FiOS are typically significantly faster than comparable services using other technologies.

FiOS availability is limited, and further deployment appears to be stalled at this time.

FiOS (Wikipedia)

Verizon Fios Inc.
IndustryTelevision
Internet
Phone
FoundedSeptember 22, 2005; 15 years ago (2005-09-22)
Keller, Texas, U.S.
Headquarters,
U.S.
ParentVerizon Communications

Verizon Fios, also marketed as Fios by Verizon, is a bundled Internet access, telephone, and television service that operates over a fiber-optic communications network with over 5 million customers in nine U.S. states. The name, Fios, is an acronym for Fiber Optic Service. Service is offered in some areas of the United States by Verizon Communications, while Frontier Communications operates licensed FiOS services in former Verizon territories across six states, using a nearly identical network infrastructure. Fios service began in 2005, and networked areas expanded through 2010, although some areas do not have service or cannot receive TV and phone service because of franchise agreements.

Verizon was one of the first major U.S. carriers to offer fiber to the home, and received positive ratings from Consumer Reports among cable television and Internet service providers.

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