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    Qwest Residential Fiber

    I got home yesterday (WDM) and found an interesting announcement from Qwest in my mailbox [NEW - Qwest fiber-optic Internet]. Is anyone here a current fiber customer with Qwest?


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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneBack View Post
    I got home yesterday (WDM) and found an interesting announcement from Qwest in my mailbox [NEW - Qwest fiber-optic Internet]. Is anyone here a current fiber customer with Qwest?
    I have Qwest in Indianola, and I'm pretty sure the DSL is through fiber optics. It's been very reliable, and while it's not as fast as cable, I would rather have DSL/ Direct TV than a little faster internet.



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    I have not heard of it being in iowa yet. But I know I heard that qest was making fiber to the home available in other markets



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I have Qwest in Indianola, and I'm pretty sure the DSL is through fiber optics. It's been very reliable, and while it's not as fast as cable, I would rather have DSL/ Direct TV than a little faster internet.
    That's not fiber.



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneBack View Post
    I got home yesterday (WDM) and found an interesting announcement from Qwest in my mailbox [NEW - Qwest fiber-optic Internet]. Is anyone here a current fiber customer with Qwest?
    Still waiting for Qwest to provide DSL to my new house.... in a rural subdivision of AMES



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    That's not fiber.
    I suppose it might not be. I know they had articles a few years back about fiber optic lines being put in around Indianola. I just assumed that DSL needed that.



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Qwest is know for running fiber to a town and claiming it is "fiber to the home". I don't think Qwest has fiber to the home anywhere in Iowa yet.


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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Found this quote on Qwests page about the fiber:

    *Fiber optics exists from the Neighborhood Terminal to the Internet. Higher speeds not available in all areas.
    Qwest | Fast Fiber Optic Internet



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    So is this actually fiber to the home, or fiber to the curb. I hope it is to the home so you aren't sharing a line with anyone. This should allow qwest to get serious in the video market and compete with Mediacom for the non-satelitte video options.



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Neighborhood Terminal sounds like one terminal for a neighborhood, not fiber directly to the home. They probably terminate the fiber in the neighborhood and then run coax to the individual homes.

    It doesn't mean its 'shared', they probably have a larger terminal outside instead of putting one in each home.


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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Verizon already has this...
    Verizon | FiOS TV

    I would be excited to get this in my area... It could be an alternative to SAT or cable.



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I suppose it might not be. I know they had articles a few years back about fiber optic lines being put in around Indianola. I just assumed that DSL needed that.
    No, DSL generally works on copper, though you can push it across fiber. It's sort of a waste to do it on fiber, though, since the fiber is generally capable of much higher speeds with a different transport protocol (i.e. 100 base FX/SX). DSL today, uses frequencies on the cable above what the analog voice channel uses. This is why you have to put filters on all your phone lines in the house if you have DSL - it keeps the noisy analog devices on the phone line from breaching the DSL frequency range and causing errors that can slow down your data.

    DSL is basically just a "stopgap" technology that can utilize the existing infrastructure without requiring significant new build-out. FIOS is a whole new level of service delivery. You can see synchronous (i.e. upload and download at the same speed) speeds upwards of 2.4gbit/s (2400mbit/s) with FIOS. Even the fastest DOCSIS (cable modem) system (v3.0 8 channel) is only slated to be 343mbit/s down and 122mbit/s up.

    Current typical DSL/Cable speeds are between 1.5mbit/s and 8mbit/s, just for comparison.


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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by superdorf View Post
    Verizon already has this...
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    I would be excited to get this in my area... It could be an alternative to SAT or cable.
    I have this. They run the fiber right into the house to a terminal. From there, it has jacks for the phone, Internet, and TV. Its pretty nice and much cheaper bundled together than cable, etc. There's a couple of bundles of 96 strands of fiber in front of my house. I asked the Verizon guy if you could just run one of them into my house.



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    Re: Qwest Residential Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I have Qwest in Indianola, and I'm pretty sure the DSL is through fiber optics. It's been very reliable, and while it's not as fast as cable, I would rather have DSL/ Direct TV than a little faster internet.

    DSL is all pots lines, that is the beauty of DSL. Verizon has been doing this for a while, and people LOVE it.


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    Drats! 1.5M is as fast as I can get. Of course the guy across the street from me has 7M dsl. I hate qwest.

    This will be a big deal soon when DTV starts doing their Video on Demand. That is going to take some serious bandwidth.


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