Despite being the largest fiber-to-the-home provider in the North America, Verizon doesn’t provide a map that shows where Fios is available. As demand for faster broadband grows, many of us want to know if were even close to a Fios area. That’s why we created this map with a little data help from broadbandnow.com.
Turns out, Verizon Fios is available to about 39 million people in the U.S. based on coverage estimates. This makes it the largest residential fiber provider by far, but it also means that most of us can’t get it. Who can get it? Well, for the most part, Verizon has concentrated it’s Fios deployment to larger metro areas like New York City, Washington D.C. and Tampa, Florida. It makes economic sense to deploy new infrastructure to population-dense areas, but it doesn’t make a very impressive map like the wireless coverage maps we’re used to seeing.
It doesn’t look like much, but the coverage equates to about 12% of the U.S. population. It is broken down by county for a complete visual representation. If you don’t live near a Fios area, it’s not likely you’ll see it anytime soon.
Just because Fios is available in a county, doesn’t mean it’s available everywhere in that county. You’ll still have to use Verizon’s address check to know availability at a specific address.
As you can see on the map, we also included the areas that have access to Fios from Frontier Communications. When Verizon sold a large portion of its wireline networks to Frontier in 2009, a few of those areas included Fios installations. Primarily those areas are in Portland, Oregon, Fort Wayne, Indiana and suburbs of Seattle, Washington. Frontier kept the name Fios for it’s fiber-to-the-home service under a license agreement with Verizon.
Some of the largest cities where Verizon Fios is available are:
- Anaheim, CA
- Long Beach, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Riverside, CA
- Washington, DC
- St. Petersburg, FL
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Silver Spring, MD
- Newark, NJ
- Bronx, NY
- Brooklyn, NY
- Buffalo, NY
- New York, NY
- Staten Island, NY
- Philadelphia, PA
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Dallas, TX
- Fort Worth, TX
- Houston, TX
- Plano, TX
- Alexandria, VA
- Richmond, VA
- Virginia Beach, VA
At the end of 2013, Verizon had 6.1 million Fios Internet subscribers and 5.3 million Fios TV customers (VZ Newscenter).
UDPATE: We’ve had some feedback regarding the coverage map and have a few clarifications to add:
- Fios is available in parts of New Hampshire, but for some reason it’s not showing on this map.
- Fios is available around Baltimore, MD, but it’s not available within the city limits.
- Fios is available in Erie County, NY, but may not be available within the city of Buffalo.
BroadbandNow is hosting a slightly different version of this map based on the same data: http://broadbandnow.com/Verizon-Fios