Verizon High Speed Internet

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Verizon High Speed Internet is a digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet service offered by Verizon. It allows consumers to use their telephone and Internet service simultaneously over the same telephone line while benefiting from Internet connection speeds significantly faster than dial-up.

Availability[edit]

Verizon High Speed Internet is available in some markets in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, California and Texas, where Verizon has coverage.[1] Availability and speed are mainly determined by the overall loop length, the length of the copper cable from the DSLAM, normally in the central office, where the DSL signal originates, to the consumer's residence, where the signal is received. Maximum connection speed decreases as the loop length increases, and service will be unavailable if the distance is too great because the DSL signal becomes too weak.

The official maximum loop length for Verizon High Speed Internet, as of 2006, is 18,000 feet (5,500 m) from the Central Office or remote DSLAM. Work is currently in place to extend the local loop length to 24,000 feet (7,300 m) The availability of DSL service also depends on details of outside plant including wire gauge and the absence of bridge taps, repeaters, load coils, and other devices that augment the voiceband telephone signal but attenuate the DSL signal.

FiOS & DSL[edit]

Verizon's current strategic focus is to increase their consumer base within the Verizon FiOS serviceable areas.[2] FiOS service operates over fiber optic connections, whereby DSL cannot since it is made over copper lines. Compared to DSL high speed Internet, FiOS Internet speeds range from 15/5 Mbit/s to 500/100 Mbit/s.[3] While most of the DSL coverage areas do not overlap with FiOS serviceable ones, there are a few households that have the ability to upgrade their current DSL service to that of FiOS. Albeit, this is completed at an address-level.

DSL Speed Packages as of August 2013 [4]
Download Speed Upload Speed
0.5 Mbit/s to 1.0 Mbit/s up to 384 kbit/s
1.1 Mbit/s to 3.0 Mbit/s up to 768 kbit/s
3.1 Mbit/s to 7.0 Mbit/s up to 768 kbit/s
7.1 Mbit/s to 15.0 Mbit/s up to 768 kbit/s

Verizon no longer sells fixed plans but instead offers speed ranges based upon the condition of the local loop. The actual speed that customers receive will depend upon the length and condition of the local loop.

Service Offerings as of December 2007

  • Lineshare - Verizon Telephone Service required for Verizon High Speed Internet. This is the most widely available service.
  • UNE-P (unbundled network element platform) - Verizon High Speed Internet with 3rd party incumbent local exchange carrier. This is not as widely available.
  • Dry Loop (also known as Naked DSL)- Verizon High Speed Internet Service without any telephone/voice service required. This is becoming widely available and more popular as voice over IP and cell-phone usage lessens the need for analog telephone service.

Technical implementation[edit]

Verizon High Speed Internet is implemented using PPPoE for 'east' customers, and DHCP for 'west' customers. As a result, east customers need a username and password, but west customers do not. East customers are customers formerly serviced by the RBOCs Bell Atlantic and NYNEX. West customers are customers formerly serviced by one of the seven GTE operating companies retained by Verizon.[5]

Criticism[edit]

Some analysts see Verizon's lowest DSL prices merely as introductory "bait and switch" loss leader campaigns.[6] For example, SBC and Verizon both implement these plans under a 24-month contract that, when expired, jumps to a higher monthly rate (although Verizon does offer a lifetime option that has a continuous fixed rate). Similarly, Verizon aggressively markets to households who have signed up for the promotional-rate DSL to upgrade them to new FiOS service which, once switched to, eliminates DSL as an option to the household, from any provider, unless the copper wires are re-laid to the premises.[7] In 2012 Verizon reported a decline in the number of DSL customers.[8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet.Verizon.com | Verizon High Speed Internet". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Verizon Reports Double-Digit Earnings Growth in 2Q 2013". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "verizon.com | Official Internet Website". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Verizon.com | High Speed Internet". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ 2Wire.com: Activation Keys
  6. ^ TheStreet.com
  7. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 08-03-2007, Copper flap tests mettle of some Verizon FiOS customers
  8. ^ DSL Death March Continues BY Om Malik, Gigaom.com Apr 24, 2012