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Old 08-01-2007, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Excuse me if this is a dumb question, but somebody was telling me there are still plenty of apartment complexes even in urban areas that do not have access to high speed Internet connections and force you to use dialup. Is this true? Second question. How spotty is Verizon FIOS availability and are there apartments that have that service?
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Every apt that i lived in after college had high speed internet available.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:52 PM
 
Location: SanAnFortWAbiHoustoDalCentral, Texas
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Almost all apartments come equipped with cable, which may have broadband, some may not. You may want to consider AT&T internet if you require phone service. They have a nice DSL service in probably all Dallas urban. Check broadbandreports.com for internet availability at your address. Nobody can 'force' you to use dialup. Time Warner cable offers broadband as well.

Verizon does not serve 'most' of the Dallas proper, basically area code 214. Same for Fort Worth, area code 817. Verizon does serve most of the metro between Dallas and Fort Worth and areas north of the cities, basically area code 972 and 940, which I think may be the Denton area. Not all of the Verizon area has FiOS. Should you get Verizon service, check to be sure the video portion provides all the channels you want. Last I heard, they did not yet have all the channels I get on Time Warner.

What most people think of as Verizon is really just Bell Atlantic (east coast, Virginia and north) and GTE (comprised largely of areas that the original AT&T didn't want to service, i.e., mom and pop telecomm's in the outlying areas; Everett, WA, parts of LA, Dallas areas, Tampa/St Pete, some others and areas that have been sold off to... mom and pop telecomms).

Anywhere a telecomm offers broadband you can consider a third party provider, if you do not want their telephone service. For instance, I used Speakeasy Internet with Covad being the copper line provider. In actuality, Covad leased the line from AT&T then Speakeasy provided the internet. I also had VoIP under that arrangement.

Again, check broadbandreports.com
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