A choice, for once.
August 14, 2014 6:55 AM Subscribe
Should I go with Optimum/Cablevision or Verizon FiOS internet in Brooklyn?
posted by griphus to Technology (4 answers total)
Over the years, I've had broadband service through both Optimum and FiOS and haven't really seen any big distinguishing issues between the two. They know they're in competition so customer service is a notch above shitty, but not necessarily that high a notch. But now I am out of contract with Optimum (still using their services though), moving to a new place and I have some leverage and I want to make the right choice.
I'm a heavy data user, but 95% of my data use is by way of an anonymizing overseas VPN. The rest is just watching Netflix on my PS3, which I can also rig to use the VPN if push comes to shove. I've never had data or connectivity or throttling issues with either service that didn't end up being a problem with the actual cable lines getting knocked around by the weather.
I follow the news and I know that Verizon has been throttling, although I haven't heard any reports of it happening around NYC. Optimum is the same old Optimum its always been.
One more complication: the unit we're buying is not wired for any sort of cable/data. Very old people religious people lived there for a very long time so there's nothing more than a phone line. I can't imagine it'll be too difficult to run cable into the apartment considering the building and most other units are wired, but if either Optimum or FiOS install techs particularly suck, that would make a difference to me.
Also does anyone know if FiOS install can be scheduled for a weekend? Optimum had someone come in on Sunday which was great.