Today we had FIOS installed at Casa Del Lacey - fiber into the home.
Verizon put the fiber up on the poles a while ago, but only recently begun actually wiring up homes - I've been checking every week to see when I could get it.
Well, today was my lucky day when three guys in three trucks turned up to perform the install.
The installation basically consists of installing a fiber termination point in your home along with a battery backup. Your phone lines are switched to fiber at the same point, and the battery should give four hours of standby for the fiber driver - there be lasers in that there box…
They then strung Cat5 cable up to my office.
Anyhow, I now have fifteen Megabit down and two megabit up (confirmed by running the speed tests at Speakeasy) for the princely sum of $49.99 a month. A bargin.
I could have opted for the higher speed 30Mbps/5Mbps package at $179.95, but even I have my limits…
I'll tell you what though, the switch from 3Mbps/768K to 15Mps/2Mbps was like crossing a tipping point where browsing the net felt like the servers were actually in my house.
It's that fast.