Verizon FiOS - is BGP an option?

Schiller, Heather A heather.schiller at
Thu Aug 9 17:34:50 UTC 2012

Actually, it's a choice. You just tell them you want to keep your POTS when you sign up for service.  They can definitely bundle Fios TV & POTS.  The VOIP package might be cheaper. I suspect that's where most people wind up, not realizing the difference in service until there is a power outage.


-----Original Message-----
From: William Herrin [mailto:bill at] 
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2012 5:18 PM
To: Owen DeLong
Cc: nanog at
Subject: Re: Verizon FiOS - is BGP an option?

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Owen DeLong <owen at> wrote:
> On Aug 3, 2012, at 12:31 , William Herrin <bill at> wrote:
>> Could be worse. I could have Pepco instead of Dominion. But it could 
>> be better. And 20 years ago the reliability was.
> 20 years ago you didn't have a megabit to your home let alone many 
> megabits. 20 years ago, POTS was much simpler than the converged 
> networks we have today. There is something to be said for the 
> simplicity of POTS.
> If you're that concerned about calling 911 for a heat stroke, why 
> don't you maintain a POTS line?

When Verizon installed FIOS in the neighborhood they removed the copper lines to each house. It was understood and accepted that if the household fiber adapters did not receive power the battery would fail in a few hours. That the upstream would fail, even for folks who took measures to continue to power the fiber adapter, was unexpected and very unfortunate. If they can run a copper pair back to a powerable location then it escapes me why they can't do the same with a single strand of fiber.

Bill Herrin

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