06-17-2015 05:44 AM
FiOS uses two different passive optical networking (PON) technologies. BPON is an older, slower technology that does not support gigabit speeds. GPON is the latest technology and does support gigabit speeds. FiOS first rolled out BPON and added GPON support later. GPON is available in most, but not all, locations where FiOS is offered. It can vary by building.
You can tell if you live in a location with GPON by the maximum speed tier offered. BPON max speed is low, no more than 75Mbps. Slower maximum speeds may be found in apartment buildings with older installs due to the type of in-building distribution network used (VDSL).
The max speed Verizon offers for GPON is 500MBps. This usually costs upwards of $200/month.
I've not seen any announcement's from Verizon about plans to offer 1Gbps over GPON, but they could if they want to. Like all things at Verizon, this will be a business decision driven by a cost benefit analysis.
06-17-2015 08:04 PM
So is FiOS internet capable of offering 1Gbits at a reasonable price? I would like something like Google Fiber 1Gbits service.
Capable, yes! Likely, NO!
It is kind of ironic that many cable companies are offerring 1GB in some markets and FIOS isn't. So much for fiber!
FIOS is getting out of the high speed internet busines. They sold off California, Texas, and Florida a few months ago to Frontier. Since then they have raised their rates. I would not expect much in terms of faster speeds or any signifcant improvements.
06-18-2015 05:26 AM
Can't think any residential user needs 1Gb.
You are still limited to the speed at the server at the other end.
Even if you had 20 devices trying to stream at once, they would get 50Mb each.
What are you going to do with the few seconds saved on that file download?