Bruce P. Mehlman
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Despite Inherent Disadvantages States Have Been Able to Achieve Higher Than Expectations
Indiana’s economic structure and large rural spaces are disadvantageous to the establishment of a solid broadband network. However, the state has made strides in advancing its’ broadband network. With the help of Verizon, Indiana was able to do well in Network quality ratings. Verizon has deployed FiOS fiber-to-home in many parts of the state.
In 2008 Google employed fewer than 20,000 or less than four percent of the number employed by AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest or about 1/5 of the employment of Comcast alone.
One investment analyst found that broadband penetration as a percentage of total subscribers is 30.5% for rural telephone companies compared to 27.7% with Verizon, AT&T and Qwest.
The fiber optic-based bundled communications service from Verizon known as FiOS now is available in 16 states and has 3.1 million Internet users and 2.5 million TV viewers.
Verizon says it will have spent $23 billion on its FiOS project through 2010.
It recently said its FiOS service will reach 17 million homes by the end of 2010, down from its earlier estimate of 18 million. It had 2.2 million FiOS TV subscribers as of March 31.
Verizon has about 8.9 million broadband customers nationally—6.1 million high speed Internet customers and nearly 2.8 million FiOS (fiber optic) customers, said Sandy Arnette of Verizon Media Relations.
Verizon has achieved a 27% penetration rate in the 16 states where Fios internet service is available (or 2.8 million Fios subscribers).