I called Verizon today about the FIOS start date. Although I only spoke with a customer service rep., she said she was familiar with the Ft Wayne situation because we will be the first area in the Midwest to get it. She said that she had originally been told 1st quarter, but was now being told the second quarter. Her best quess, for whatever it is worth, is toward the end of the second quarter.
Not to rain on anyone's parade, but I'll still put my money on not seeing much of anything before '08.
I just looked at Verizon's website, and there's little in the way of recruiting installers, let alone operational postions. As far as installation, it's a little more tricky putting glass in, than RG59U, let alone the Network Interface units. Also, unless the "headend" (out of lack of a better term) is run elsewhere (i.e. not in Fort Wayne), there's that whole infrastructure that needs building out...
Again, I don't have any inside info, but from what I understand about other town's getting/or have gotten FIOS TV service, it's not something that happens very quickly at all.
Maybe the CSR thought you were talking about FIOS (voice/data) as opposed to FIOS TV? Believe me, I'd love to see this ASAP, and I don't have a dog in this fight, but... well let's put it this way... you may see WFFT in HD before you have FIOS TV in any kind of general availabilty.
[Edit: One other thing that leads me to believe it will take awhile is something one of the guys on AVS forum's said about being involved in converting "The Today Show" studios/control rooms/switching & transmission to HD. He said it takes roughly the same amount of time to do that, as it does to have a baby... I'm guessing that's a little less involved a project than pumping an entire city with state-of-the-art video service]