Greetings John. Fiber-optics use a "glass" wire, and uses light wave technology to send data through that line. That means that, unless they actually run a fiber-optic cable to your home, you'll still be bound to standard copper wiring. If they have to rewire you in order to make it work, you stand to lose money to pay for the installation at the outset (unless they've got some special free installation package going on). Fiber-optic technology, while not completely new, is still not as well integrated and accepted as DSL and cable (these wires are already there in most homes). Until fiber-optics becomes more ubiquitous, I would remain with your cable provider. Sales pitches are what they are, and you should never even consider agreeing to anything until you can get access to their licenses, agreements, and limitations. Kai -----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Melia Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 4:39 PM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] dsl and fibor optics I have my internet connection with Comcast cable and am happy with it. the other day a representative came walking through the neighborhood trying to get folks to sign up with Verizon for hook up with DSL fiber optics. I had version DSL a few years a go. the question is what is the difference between the old DSL and fiber optics for example speed etc. I was not home when he came through the neighborhood but my wife was and he tried to give her the hard sell. I looked on Verizon.com and could not find the difference between cable and fiber optics. they will tell you itdepends on your computer setup etc. but if all things were the same what would be faster. The salesman was very pushy and even implied that my wife could make decisions with out me. My wife said that he was pushing so hard there was something they were not telling her. and she is rite with fiber optics the speed you get depends on the phone wires in your house. you would have to get somebody to upgrade the wiring in your house on the web site they say they don't fish through walls. also you are tied in to a one year contract. I could have all this for $29 a month. your thoughts.