Verizon is not kidding about this whole fiber thing. The company has started to install fiber in Washington County, Oregon and is on an aggressive schedule for a showdown with incumbent cable provider, Comcast and local phone provider Qwest. Verizon has some minor footprint in the state of Oregon. The Oregonian says that Verizon “plans to lay 500 miles of fiber-optic lines to 38,000 homes around Beaverton, Hillsboro and Tigard by year’s end.” These are all suburbs of Portland, clearly my second favorite city in the United States.
“Verizon is in a pickle,” Pat Hurley, head analyst at the San Diego telecommunications research firm TeleChoice said. It can’t offer the same package unless it builds a new network that can match the “triple play” of phone, Internet and TV service available from Comcast.
Qwest is not planning to offer fiber, and instead is going to try and squeeze more out of the copper loop using some of the newer technologies like ADSL2+.