Verizon Communications announced today that more than one million households and businesses across the country have subscribed to its fiber network called FiOS.
To illustrate the milestone, the company highlights Rich and Marjorie Bayer of Massapequa, N.Y., who were the one-millionth customer to receive a FiOS Internet installation since the service was launched in August 2004.
The family also signed up for TV service, which stands at nearly half a million customers since it was launched in September 2005.
Verizon’s effort to roll out fiber will be costly and has been criticized by analysts because they were unsure if people would want to pay for the service.
In September, Verizon put a price tag on its ambitious fiber project for the first time, estimating that it will spend $22.9 billion to rewire more than half of its copper telephone network.
Verizon said it expects to offset the cost with $4.9 billion in savings through 2010 due to the fiber network’s reduced maintenance costs.
Already, there has been a ripple effect from Verizon’s move. The satellite-TV companies EchoStar and DirecTV have signed partnerships with Clearwire to bundle TV, Internet and telephone services. And cable companies such as Comcast have started selling voice services as well.
Mostly, FiOS is available in sections of Bothell, Redmond, Kirkland, Everett and Mount Vernon in Washington.