There will be a meeting tonight at the Fairlington Community Center concerning the prospects of Fairlington getting Fios. Unfortunately, if it hasn’t happened yet, it aint happening anytime soon.
If you recall, Verizon ran Fios lines right down King Street in 2006. Fairlington’s 2,300 tightly dense plotted homes right next door could easily tap into that line, however, Verizon has been putting Fairlington on the back burning for over six years now. Why? Does Verizon know something about Fairlington that they are not telling us? Could it be the electrical wiring in Fairlington is too old for Fios? Could it be there is no place to safely put a box in most Fairlington models, due to the boxes needing a cool, well ventilated place to sit next to an electrical outlet? I don’t know, but Verizon has ignored Fairlington for a long time, giving Comcast a pretty much Monopoly in our hood (because of the tree line and roof issues, a large portion of the homes in Fairlington cannot get satellite). So, why has Verizon ceded Fairlington to Comcast?
Don’t get your hopes up neighbors, I don’t think Fios is happening here anytime soon, and we may never know the reason(s) why.
You make some good points, wiring Fairlington for FiOs should be a low per household cost because of our density. It should be a no brainer. We are an affluent community, and I am sure many residents will also utilize FiOs for home alarms if given the opportunity. I saw Verizon wiring the new townhomes in eastern Loudoun just last month, so, FiOs is expanding. I also know Verizon was contacted before pipe work was done here a few years back to see if they wanted to coordinate with the dig. Verizon said “no, but thanks for asking.” Kabletown has been raising our rates about 8% a year, so, unless Verizon changes their mid, we are stuck with Kabletown’s service. I will try to go to the meeting tonight and ask “why do you think Verizon is ignoring us?” If I can’t make it, can someone else ask the question?
I moved from arlington to montgomery county and switched from comcast to fios. its exactly the same thing, except $30 more/month for fios. also with fios i get a few less channels than i had with comcast. yes internet is a little speedier but irrelevant for run of the mill websurfing and email use.
when my 2 year fios contract is up (whereas comcast had no contract) I will be happy to switch back to comcast to save money and have more channels.
I wouldn’t get your hopes up…
Mikey, Verizon’s east coast marketing strategy has always been to run the lines for everyone within 30 miles east or west of route 95 with only a few exceptions, one being Long Island, another being the Newport News area. Fairlington is indeed within 30 miles of the I-95 corridor, so we are in their servicing footprint. They just ignore us.
My apartment building finally got FIOS within the last month so Verizon is still doing rollouts in the Arlington area.
I stand corrected. Good news and best of luck to you!
At the meeting we were told Verizon has no intention of wiring Fairlington for FiOS any time soon. We were told 2016 at the earliest. We were given a bunch of lame excuses such as Verizon having to negotiate with different neighborhood associations, wiring for multiunit dwelling problems, and problems with running lines under common areas and under pools and tennis courts. I think the box issue is the hidden reason, and Verizon doesn’t want to be responsible if a box overheats in a closet or basement, and cannot trip a breaker on an electrical outlet. Gotta go pay my Kabletown bill now.
We were given a bunch of lame excuses such as Verizon having to negotiate with different neighborhood associations, wiring for multiunit dwelling problems, and problems with running lines under common areas and under pools and tennis courts.
Those actually sound like very reasonable excuses.
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