The nation’s defending fastest Internet service provider, Verizon Fios®, has again beaten other providers when it comes to speed, service, and reliability. That said, it’s no wonder more and more people are looking for the latest Verizon Fios deals.
Whether you’re a cord cutter who is looking to stream live video with services like Sling TV, or someone who isn’t quite ready to cut the cord and is considering a bundle, you’ll be interested to find Verizon Fios deals that meet most needs.
For a little background, Verizon Fios was named the fastest — and most reliable — ISP back in 2015, according to PCMag.com. With average download speeds of 42.7 megabits per second, Fios beat out Comcast Xfinity (38.9); Optimum (36.9); Charter Spectrum (32.9); Cox (32.1); and Time Warner (30.9). AT&T U-Verse came in 10th at 10.7.
Not only does Fios offer the fastest service in the U.S., it has also been voted the most reliable service, with a customer satisfaction score of 8.3 out of 10, according to PCMag. Well below Fios is Comcast (6.6); Charter (7.3); and AT&T (7.1).
Oh, and there’s also the whole no-data-cap-thing (which is certainly saving them from some of the FCC complaints other companies have received).
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Are Verizon Fios Deals the Best for Cord Cutters?
So, does that mean Fios is the must-have Internet service for cord cutters?
Another measure is Netflix’s ISP Speed Index, where Verizon Fios has dominated since 2015. And if this shows anything, it shows that Verizon Fios deals only in the fastest internet speeds imaginable.
The company’s speed index is only a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a specific ISP. It doesn’t factor in for gaming, web browsing, etc. It’s Netflix watching only.
According to the April 2016 index, Fios was rated No. 1 for the 8th month in a row at 3.69 Mbps, followed by Cox (3.63); Bright House (3.64); Optimum (3.6); and Charter (3.6).
Fios, a 100 percent fiber network, has stayed at the top of the index the majority of 2015 and all of 2016.
Note: Google Fiber has bested Verizon Fios is Netflix’s expanded index rankings, but being that its reach is so little, it’s not included in the main index.
While these rankings are great and clearly point to Fios as the go-to ISP for cord cutters, its lack of reach in the marketplace makes it difficult to officially call it the “best ISP” for cord cutters.
Fios is only available in about 20 U.S. cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Those are big markets, but it’s nowhere close to the reach of ISPs like Comcast, the nation’s largest ISP.
Comcast has more than half of all the customers in the U.S. with home internet connections of at least 25 Mbps — speeds fast enough to easily handle the streaming of shows. The company has 56 percent market share, according to Arstechnica.
Verizon Fios is Understanding the Trend
All this being said, the folks at Verizon understand cord cutting is a real trend that’s growing.
Earlier this year, Verizon Fios announced a new $65 monthly bundle that offers its fast Internet, 36 basic channels and two channel packs, which is a genre of channels. There’s a “Kids Channel Pack,” for instance, that includes Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon.
Perhaps most appealing about the package is that it includes local TV channels, so no need to setup an antenna.
Being that most Internet customers pay between $40 and $50 per month for Internet, $65 may not feel as big of an expense for the convenience of having live television at your fingertips. (There has also been a two-year promo for the service for $55 per month)
Some argue, however, about hidden costs. The writers at CordCuttersNews.com, recommend not letting them pressure you into the Fios Double Play with Verizon Fios deals that don’t last the whole contract.
If you are in a Fios market, though, it would be wise to take advantage of its speed and reliability if you’re looking to cut the cord.
Just ask Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of Verizon Fios TV. Speaking before an industry panel i, she admitted to cutting the cord, according to LightReading.com.
“I’ve pretty much cut the cord,” Krishnaswamy said.
While the executives admission made a few headlines across the Internet, it doesn’t appear anyone followed up with her on the comment. It’s unclear what she means by “pretty much.”
But even so, it’s probably one of the first times a “cable” TV executive recognized that cord cutting is a trend that’s not going away.
Krishnaswamy also made sure to let people know Fios isn’t going away, despite some rumors.
“We are definitely positioning ourselves very clearly for the over-the-top future,” she said during the TV of Tomorrow panel.
For the sake of cord cutters, hopefully that means expanding the company’s reach as well.
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