This is not an April Fool’s Day joke. After pestering Verizon for months, I finally got more details today about the availability of Verizon’s FiOS TV and Internet service in Orange County. Apparently, 70,000 households and businesses here can order the alternative TV service powered by fiber-optic lines.
The company offered a zipcode breakdown, which doesn’t necessarily mean you can order service if you live in that zip code. Apartment or condo dwellers need permission from the landlords or homeowner associations before FiOS can offer service.
So, where is Verizon FiOS in Orange County? Drumroll please…
You can check on your own address at verizonfios.com or by calling 1-888-GET-FIOS.
If you live in one of these zip codes and can’t order FiOS, check again today and then share your experience as a comment (thanks!)
This is the second specific announcement Verizon has made this week about FiOS availability. Earlier this week, the company updated everyone on activity in Long Beach. (Those zip codes include Downey (90241), Norwalk (90650),Pico Rivera (90660), Santa Fe Springs (90670), Artesia (90701), Cerritos (90703), Bellflower (90706),Lakewood (90712, 90713, 90715), Hawaiian Gardens (90716), Signal Hill (90755), Long Beach (90802, 90803., 90805, 90804, 90806, 90807, 90808, 90810, 90813, 90814, 90815.
Verizon FiOS has been in the news recently because it appeared to be ending its rollout of FiOS on the East Coast. The company said nearly the same thing last year for Orange County residents. Instead of expanding to new cities, Verizon planned to focus its efforts on neighborhoods that it had already built the technology (read: “Verizon’s FiOS TV rollout slows in So Cal“).
The company faced tough competition as cable companies and other competitors offered residents better deals. After nearly three years since launching, approximately 24.5 percent of households who can order FiOS actually do, according to Verizon’s last earnings report. Verizon has previously said that penetration rate is about the same in Southern California.
It’s tough for any geek not to want FiOS service. Its Internet speeds top 50 megabits-per second with upstream speeds of up to 35 Mbps. And the TV channels? FiOS has more HD channels than any other TV provider in Orange County. Still, the service comes with a higher price than the competition.
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