customers can experience breathtaking high-speed Internet access as the company expands its Verizon FiOS (FYE'-ose) suite of Internet services to Siesta Key.
A growing number of residents and small businesses in parts of Siesta Key now can order the industry's premier mass-market broadband services. Verizon also offers FiOS data services in other parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties, as well as other communities in the region.
The company is offering several tiers of service with approximate downstream (download) speeds of up to 5, 15 and 30 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream (upload) speeds of up to 5 Mbps.
FiOS services now are available to many Verizon customers in the 941 area code whose phone numbers have the following prefixes: 312, 346 and 349. Residential customers who want to determine whether they can order FiOS Internet Service can call 888-GET FIOS (888-438-3467) or visit Verizon's FiOS Web site at www.verizonfios.com. Small businesses can contact their local Verizon business office or account manager to determine if they qualify for FiOS Internet Service for Business.
Verizon offers FiOS services over its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, which the company currently is building in more than half of the states where it offers landline communications services. In Florida, the company also is building its FTTP network in parts of the Tampa Bay region.
FTTP technology utilizes fiber-optic connections - instead of copper wire - directly into homes and businesses to enable a broad array of voice, data and video applications. In addition to its current FiOS Internet Service, Verizon plans to launch FiOS TV to compete directly with cable-TV providers. FiOS TV will be available in markets where Verizon has negotiated cable franchise agreements with local authorities.
"FiOS is setting the new standard for consumer and small-business broadband services in America," said Alan Ciamporcero, president of Verizon's Southeast region. "Customers who already subscribe to FiOS services are astounded at what they now can do with their online experience. Video chats and conferencing, purchased digital movie downloads and interactive multi-player games have become a part of their daily lives.
"And FiOS for Business gives companies robust connection speeds for bandwidth-intensive applications at prices close to those the companies pay for ordinary broadband services," said Ciamporcero.
For more information about Verizon FiOS, see our Verizon FiOS category
or our article, "Have you caught the FiOS fever?