Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Geek-Out: I can't believe I'm saying this...

I'm excited about great technology from a PHONE COMPANY! (You know, those massive companies that charge you more in fees than for services were started back around Noah's time and were all once a part of AT&T)

Yesterday, I read that there were more cell phones than land lines in the US, and I thought it spelled D-O-O-M for these U.S. icons of communication. However, there may be a savior for all land line-based telco's, called fiber-optic broadband.

For months, Verizon has been marketing Fios, what I thought was just another alternative to cable and DSL. However, today I stumbled upon an evil marketing ploy advertisement that caught my attention... 30 megabits down and 2 megabits up. WOW. Ok, now I understand that it is very different! Have I lost you? Well, as Inigo Montoya said, "Let me 'splain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up."

Imagine that you were filling up an Olympic-sized pool with water. That act of filling represents the speed at which you download information from the internet (e-mail, illegal music, web pages, files, etc.) If you were using a drinking straw, it would be the equivalent of using a 56k dialup-modem connection, a garden hose would be the equivalent of a cable modem or higher-end DSL, and breaking down Hoover Dam would be the equivalent of the speed of Fios. Make sense? :) Ok, it's a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.

So, listen up you phone companies... we (I) need you to get out there and install some fiber... and if you're not up to speed with Verizon, GET WITH IT (SPRINT)!

Link: Verizon Fios

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I didnt know you had a blog!