Mike O'Dell mo at
Thu Aug 17 21:51:01 CDT 2006

the difference between Cox and FIOS is that Verizon at least gives you a battery.
Cox gives you zip in the way of power-failure-tolerance. they tell you that
if you want something, you can go buy a UPS. of course, that way you get to
decide how much fault tolerance you want - Verizon takes a dim view of you
hot-wiring an additional battery.


Will Russell wrote:
> Andre,
> Just in case, I retained a fax line on copper. Actually, I only signed up
> for the FIOS internet service, but the TV is sitting there in the box
> outside my back door.  No problems with the FIOS phone (don't know about
> alarms).  It does lead me to think about going to Voice Over IP at a
> significant savings over retaining the telephone features from the old
> copper line. (It seems like that's what Verizon is really doing with the
> voice FIOS.)
> Another potential reason to keep copper is that the FIOS box works on a
> battery, which will eventually discharge if there is a major power failure.
> Albeit, one may have other sources, such as back up generators.  Believe
> this is a similar situation should one choose Cox phone service, but have no
> personal experience.
> Will, KM4VJ
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> Kesteloot
> Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 4:58 PM
> To: Tacos
> Subject: FiOS TV ?
> Anyone in the Northern Virginia area (McLean / Vienna / Fairfax etc) 
> currently subscribing to Verizon FiOS TV service ? If so, how about
> - number of TV sets that can be connected to the feed ?
> - picture quality?
> - reliability ?
> - the fact that upon installation of fiber-to-the-home, Verizon 
> apparently removes the existing twisted pairs. Any problem with security 
> alarm systems connected to a remote monitoring system ?  Is one then 
> "married" to Verizon forever ?
> Thanks in advance
> André N4ICK
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