FiOS Finally Coming to DC

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Verizon has announced a ribbon cutting on September 1st to kickoff the installation of an all fiber optic network in the District. What does this mean to you? DC residents will finally be able to get the services of FiOS Internet and tv provider starting later this year! DC officials, including the mayor, will be joining Verizon for this event to celebrate the launch of the project. Workers are starting the laying of the fiber in SE, although specifics of where the cable tv services will be available when have not been announced. A few years ago, this would have been really, REALLY cool.

But I am glad to hear that this is finally happening and that DC residents will have a solid choice in the near future. Near is a relative term though – service to the entire District could take up to 9 years. see here

With an aerial installation, Verizon or any other local provider you can  see here, will install the fiber optic line from a telephone pole to the side of your home. Later, an ONT will be installed inside the home. Fios is a 100% fiber-based network and is the 2nd largest residential fiber provider whereas Xfinity is the leading provider of cable internet.

If you are interested in attending the big ribbon cutting, along with Mayor Fenty, Councilmember Cheh, DC Cable Director Richardson and Region President for Verizon, William Roberts – head over to 1600 19th Street, S.E. on September 1st. The event starts at 10:30am. No need to bring scissors, I am sure they will have a giant pair there already!

Karl is a Washingtonian who lives and breathes everything that is DC. Politics, ethnic restaurants, sad sports teams, the Metro and pretty much anything in between. Karl’s life is kind of like going to a Nats’ game while eating Ethiopian food and discussing the latest legislation to pass the House. Then cramming on the Metro for a ride home. That ’bout sums it up. See why Karl loves DC or check him out on Twitter.

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