Hurry up and wait!

May 4, 2009 11:43 – 11:43

So. We got a Verizon notice on our door that they’re going to start laying fiber in our neighborhood “soon.” From what I can tell, we will be the last in our area to have fiber installed. Notwithstanding, the notice says “Your community will be among the first to receive this advance fiber network.” I guess it depends on how you define “community,” but the fact that some in my “community” have already had FiOS for over two years doesn’t do me the least bit of good.

The other oddity in their notice is the statement that “With FiOS, you can enjoy multiplayer gaming…” Why would they mention “multiplayer gaming” first? As far as I know, nobody I know personally gives a flying fig about multiplayer gaming. I certainly don’t. Why mention that first?

For me, FiOS will make other things, such as web browsing, downloading large data files, and watching television online much faster. Yes, it will speed up digital movie downloads and make video chats—two other things they mention—less infuriating. But, it’s not going to make me any prettier, so I doubt that my frequency of video chats (about 2-3 times a year) is going to multiply. And, unless Netflix expands their instant-play offerings, I’m not going to be watching more digital movies online, either. Odd that they don’t mention television, which is the reason we’re looking forward to FiOS (we don’t have cable).

Another thing is the construction of that sentence. I think something is missing—maybe it should say “with unprecedented Internet speeds.” And finally, it’s hardly unprecedented. College kids and many government and research installations have been enjoying blazingly fast internet connections for quite a long time. Maybe the word “residential” should have been added as a modifier.

In any case, I’m not going to get excited. My sister got her notice that they were laying FiOS in June, 2008, and it wasn’t available until over eight months later. Today’s notice basically was telling me I’d better hire someone to mark where my sprinkler system is or run the risk that Verizon will cut through the wires and pipes. Mind you, we don’t use our sprinkler system, but I don’t quite understand why I should lay out money to prevent Verizon from invading our property and causing destruction. If they ruin the sprinkler system, they better darn well fix it, particularly if they come onto our property unbidden.

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