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Fiber optic
internet FAQs

Where is Verizon
Fios available?

Is fiber optic internet and Wi-Fi available near me?

Check to see whether fiber optic or other high-speed internet and TV services are available in your city.

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What states have Fios fiber optic internet service?

To learn more about where Fios is offered, you can explore our coverage map.

Is fiber optic service available in my area?

It’s simple to check, just enter your address under "check availability" at the top of the page and we will let you know which internet services are available in your area.

Does Verizon plan to offer fiber optics in my area soon?

We continue to expand our network, and are already serving more than 15 million homes and businesses with our 100 percent fiber optic network. Click on the button at the top of the page to see if it's available in your area.

How to get Verizon Fios
fiber optic home internet?

How do I get fiber internet?

Enter your address and we will confirm if it's available at your home and walk you through the process. Plus we'll go over the latest deals on our award-winning network.

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Why are fiber optics better than cable?

Most high-speed internet providers use copper coax lines, which are not usually as fast or reliable as fiber. Fiber optic technology uses pulses of light to deliver your internet service. Fiber optic cables can deliver upload speeds up to 25x faster than some cable companies*.

*Based on comparison of Fios 1 Gig plan wired upload speed of up to 880 Mbps versus advertised cable speed for Xfinity Gigabit plan of 35 Mbps and Spectrum Internet Gig plan of 35 Mbps. As of 2.23.2022.

How is Verizon Fios different from other fiber optic internet providers such as AT&T or Cox?

Verizon offers exclusive deals on services and entertainment with our partners, without charging additional sports network or broadcast fees. Check out our latest deals on entertainment.

Can I get Wi-Fi with fiber optic internet?

Get powerful fiber wifi throughout your home with Verizon Fios routers and wifi extenders.

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What is fiber optic internet
and why should I get it?

What is a fiber-optic network?

There are several different types of fiber-optic networks but they all begin with optic cables running from the network hub to the curb near your home or straight to your home to provide a fiber-optic internet connection. The fastest type of fiber network is called Fiber to the Home (FTTH) or Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) because it's a 100% fiber-optic connection with optical fiber cables installed to terminals directly connected to houses, apartment buildings and businesses.

On the other hand, Fiber to the Curb (FTTC) is a partial fiber connection because the optical cables run to the curb near homes and businesses and copper cables carry the signals from the curb the rest of the way. Similarly, Fiber to the Building (FTTB) is when fiber cable goes to a point on a shared property and the other cabling provides the connection to offices or other spaces.

Why fiber optic internet?

With speed tiers near 2 gigabits available in some areas, a fiber network can also offer a more reliable connection with greater bandwidth, so you can stream and game faster.

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How does fiber work?

Fiber optics transmit information as pulses of light through strands of fiber made of glass or plastic over long distances.

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How is internet
speed measured?

What is Mbps and what does it stand for?

Internet speed is often defined in Mbps, which stands for megabits per second. Knowing your mbps, your file upload and download speeds, can help you determine whether your home internet is fast enough to do everyday things like stream movies or download large files.

How many Mbps do I need?

Mbps represents the amount of traffic your internet can handle. You'd be surprised how many devices are quietly using your Internet bandwidth in the background. Smart home devices like Google Home or Amazon Echo, laptops and PCs in sleep mode, your security system, and even your sprinkler system can all be using your internet, which will affect your internet speed unless you have enough Mbps.

What internet speed is best for gaming?

If you want to use your home internet to power your gaming experience, it's important to have access to internet speeds that allow you to game at your full potential (with low lag and minimal buffering). Typical internet speeds for a workable gaming should be around 3 Mbps download speeds, and around 1-2 Mbps upload speeds. Fios offers speed tiers starting at 300/300 Mbps, meaning your upload and download speeds are matched, creating a low-latency environment that is ideal for gaming.

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