FiOS TV is designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. It is delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises network, which has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. Verizon's network design includes backup facilities not common to traditional cable systems, such as duplicate "head ends" where the TV service receives national programming.
In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon's fiber network also allows the company to offer consumers and businesses high-speed FiOS Internet Service at download speeds of up to 30 mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds up to 5 mbps.* FiOS Internet Service currently is available to many consumers and small businesses in the Columbia and Ellicott City areas of Howard County, as well as parts of Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
"VZ went up because the entire market went up...end of story. "
Well that may not be true.. Yesterday DOW went-up over 1 percent and VZ gain very little.. But take a look at today's gains. VZ is up more than 2 percent while DOW is up less than 1/2 a percent..
Maybe this acceptance is a sign that that different states and counties are welcoming competition. This is contrary to the belief that VZ would have a hard time to penetrate into cable markets.
I used to live in Fairfax county in VA. It's one of the most populated counties in DC area (millions) and VZ already got accepted, and started to service there few months ago. We should see the number of new FIOS customers on the next earnings report..
Just wait until you start to hear discussions on an Ala Carte channel selection via FIOS, VZ's platform is a perfect vehicle to provide that kind of service. Forget the 500 channels of crap programming package offerrings being made by cable and dish companies, just buy the channels that you really want.