My family and I have been concerned about the Verizon FIOS bills and the dire straights the family get in when a Verizon bill is not paid. It takes minimally two hours to pay Verizon over the phone and a second call later in the day to get the phone, cable and Internet restored. It is a battle royale.
After the latest episode with Verizon, my wife an I decided we needed to return to Bright House. We found that for an additional $15 per month we could get Bright House Lightening which is supposed to be twice as fast as Verizon FIOS. We will look at some actual stats on a home network a little bit later.
While talking to Bright House we found we could get rid of two of the settop boxes because still has 80 channels of analogue service that can be directly connected to the old style TVs. This saved about $10 month.
Regardless, the two phone lines from Bright House are still cheaper than a single PSTN line from Verizon because of the historic taxes and fees on PSTN phone lines.
The downside to replacing a PSTN phone line with one that runs over VOIP is that you need a UPS to provide power to the home phone when you lose power in your home. The phone company provides power for a PSTN line so it stays up during power outages.
The consumer, however, will have to replace the backup battery to the VOIP phone device every year at their expense. How do the two systems compare. The graphics compare the two systems:
Update: I verified that Bright House cable box supports a the standard 480p and 720p resolution. I was also able to get a 1080i resolution that was not available from the older Verizon FIOS settop box.
In the past I was able to get 1080i output from my Blu-Ray DVD player, but not the Verizon settop box. The difference between the standard analogue output of 480p and 720p is not that noticeable, but there is a big difference between 480p and 1080i output. The better LCD monitors, of course, also support 1080p.
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