Having Internet access at home and work has become a veritable necessity for homes and businesses. This is especially true in the Washington, D.C., area, a fast-paced, high-powered metropolis where quick, efficient communication is prized. D.C. consumers have a number of options from which to choose. Two major players in the area Internet market are Verizon and Comcast.
Comcast provides high-speed Internet over its fiber optic network under the product name XFINITY. Its PowerBoost service can kick download speeds even higher. Comcast service also comes bundled with ComcastGuard, which is a computer security suite, a SmartZone Communications Center featuring up to seven email accounts, 2 GB of online storage and a Universal Address Book.
Verizon also offers high-speed, fiber optic Internet in the Washington, D.C., area, which it markets under the brand name FiOS. FiOS provides download speeds from 15 Mbps to 150 Mbps, depending on the package. In addition to FiOS, consumers can also opt for DSL, which is not as fast but less expensive. Subscribers also get the Verizon Internet Security Suite, 24-hour technical support and access to Verizon's wireless network.
Customers choosing between Comcast and Verizon may want to consider other features offered by each company. Both companies provide bundled service that combines Internet access with cable TV and phone service. Comcast offers a self-installation kit that saves customers the inconvenience of waiting around for a technician. Verizon is a five-time winner of PC Magazine's Reader's Choice Award, although Comcast is the No. 1 Internet provider, in terms of number of customers, in the D.C. area.
Comcast, Verizon and Fiber Optics
It's worth understanding the importance of fiber optics when choosing an Internet provider. Fiber optics represents an improvement on traditional copper wire and cable for data transmission, since it can accommodate so much more traffic on its network. Fiber optics use laser and glass technology and are relatively cutting edge.
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