Our neighborhood (Manhasset in Long Island, New York) was wired last summer and I was offered a deal for the FIOS internet service that was the same as I was paying for Verizon DSL. On top of that they offered a promotional $5.00 a month discount for one year since I already have a verizon telephone package (local, regional and long distance for one charge).
I had a cable modem for about a year and the service was okay but they wanted to charge extra for more than one computer. Cablevision which ran the service pushed my rates up from about $30 a month to $45. I switched to Verizon DSL which gave me a free router about a year ago and their regular rate was $30 monthly plus taxes with no planned increase. In theory the cablemodem was faster (about double) but I noticed no difference. Several months ago I switched to FIOS and the transmission rate was much greater (I took the cheaper package of five MBS). In fact I performed a speed test (upload and download) and found FIOS 17 times faster than my DSL service!
Verizon has started to negotiate to provide video services locally but a letter in our local newspaper indicated that our local cable commission turned Verizon down because they did not offer local channels as does Cablevision. The result has been a furor as many residents dislike Cablevision, our local provider, intensely and have accused the commission of selling out. Cablevision's service is awful and they are expensive as I am one of their unhappy customers.
I then got our cable commission representative on the phone and he stated that Verizon must offer the same "services" as Cablevision (local programming, etc.). I told him that most people could care less about local programming and would prefer Verizon without it to Cablevision with it. I think he was taken aback by the communities response and he did state that they were making efforts to get competition to Cablevision. He was hoping that the Verizon package would be available by the end of the year but he was not too optimistic as Cablevision was threatening some kind of legal action (which they do best in lieu of service and value).
Cablevision has tried to fight back by offering a package of telephone and internet services for $30 a month each as long as you have their video services but this lasts for one year when rates go up. Verizon has responded by offering a $15 a month DSL package and they are promising a real good deal for a combined telephone, internet and video package.
I tried to get details from Verizon concerning their video package and the person I spoke to said it would be equivalent to DirectTV which would be an improvement over what Cablevision offers.
Nothing like real competition which, thanks to your local congressman has up to now been non-existent.