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Fiber: The Best Alternative to Cable

Compare internet speeds, prices, and more

When compared to cable, fiber-optic internet has clear benefits: (1) more reliability, (2) faster average internet speeds, and (3) better value. Read below to compare these internet services in detail and understand why in the end, you’ll want FiOS® from Frontier.

  FiOS from Frontier Cable
Reliability
Speed
As fast as 1Gbps
As fast as 250Mbps
Price
Avg price per megabit: $0.50/Mb
Avg price per megabit: $0.76/Mb

Price per MBPS based on combined upload/download speeds divided by cost of 75/75 package. Chart effective date August 15, 2016.

Is Your Internet Running Slow?

Don’t settle for network outage & a slow connection

Old technology like copper phone and internet are made up of a coaxial connection which has been used by telephone companies since 1948. With the advent of a fiber-optic technology infrastructure, the user’s internet speed has gone from extremely slow to lightning fast, with HD quality picture and sound. FiOS reliability has changed the nature of how we stay connected and communicate with the people we care about most.

Copper lines are an older technology and are not as durable as FiOS and they could be weather-exposed, remain uncovered, damaged, or frayed. Service outages can become a constant problem for customers whose internet status is often slow-moving at best. Users can grow tired of poor internet connection and unreliability.

Infrastructure

FiOS is a premier technology, and fiber providers update lines in order to maintain the best service possible for each user, giving you the best in fiber optic reliability. FiOS facts:

  • Immune to environmental factors due to a glass insulation core that prevents interference from electric signals nearby
  • Temperature spikes do not diminish quality of connection
  • Can even be submerged in water without interruption in service
Security

Because fiber-optic lines do not radiate signal like a damaged copper line, your data is safe and secure. Providers ensure that your information is safe by:

  • Continuously monitoring FiOS lines and deciphering when they might be leaking light which could cause a system fail
  • Monitor the physical security of your connection and will inform you of a possible data breach

Get fiber-optic access for fast download & upload speeds

The average internet speed in American homes is 15.3Mbps.1 Frontier’s fiber plans start at 30Mbps and the speeds are highly dependable, so don’t give up the speed you want. Get fiber instead.

1 Akamai’s State of the Internet Q1 2016 report

Cable download speeds can run between 10 and 250Mbps in some areas, while FiOS starts at 30 and goes all the way up to 500Mbps in residential areas. Both offer a Gigabit connection on rare occasions (and Frontier offers a 2Gbps tier), but in the future, higher and higher speeds will only be achieved through fiber, which is smaller than copper wiring and can send exponentially more data per strand.

If higher cable speeds are available in your area, they may still be slower than advertised. That’s because cable networks don’t manage high traffic as efficiently as the FiOS network. With fiber, the traffic in your neighborhood won’t noticeably slow your speeds.

Cable’s copper network burns off data packets as they make their way to your home, and you experience that lost data as lag. Fiber sends light waves that easily carry to the end of the connection, which lowers the latency rate and gives you an almost instantaneous response when you click a link online.

Most internet providers sell packages with upload speeds that are only a fraction of the download speed. That’s surprising in this digital age of sharing, when people rely more and more on upload speeds to give them high-quality video chat, social media posting, online gaming, cloud backup, and more. FiOS from Frontier speeds are always symmetrical, with uploads as fast as downloads, so they match how people actually use the internet.

How Do FiOS Prices Compare to Cable?

The surprising truth about FiOS internet prices

When you compare internet prices between cable and FiOS download speeds, FiOS costs more. But when you compare prices per upload speed, FiOS is cheaper—a lot cheaper. Thanks to Frontier’s symmetrical speed tiers, you can get upload speeds that are over 18x faster than cable’s while still paying a reasonable price.

FiOS Package

Price per megabit for 75Mbps package

$
1
/Mb
Download
$
1
/Mb
Upload
Upload: 75Mbps
Download: 75Mbps
74
99

Price per megabit for 75Mbps package

Download
Upload
Upload: 4Mbps
Download: 75Mbps

Put in a little more money—get a LOT more speed!

Because we stand by our prices and the quality of our service.

With Frontier’s recent acquisition of Verizon FiOS Internet lines throughout the country, we provide some of the most reliable service in the nation to customers in both rural and metropolitan areas. The expansion of our territories provides Verizon Internet customers with more options for even better service. Our rating of 73 on the satisfaction index ranks our service as the best in the business. We stand by our product and the quality of internet service our customers receive. Keeping you connected is our specialty, and we take pride in making sure you’re satisfied with your internet experience.

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