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Sound Off: Verizon or Optimum TV/Internet?

Help this clueless editor choose a side in one of Long Island's eternal debates: Verizon or Optimum?

Rangers or Islanders?

Robert Moses or Jones Beach?

They are plenty of Long Island-centric debates, but when it comes to Internet and TV service (OK, and phone, but what's a landline?), the heavyweight battle is between Verizon's FiOS and Cablevision's Optimum.

I'm posing this Sound Off today for purely selfish reasons. I'm moving into a new place in a month and from what I can tell, promotional packages for service from both companies are similar in price. 

So, what I want to know is how they stack up in performance (i.e. Internet speed/reliability, TV channel selection, etc..). Has anyone had experiences with both Verizon and Optimum? Are there pros and cons to each provider?

Vote in today's poll below and share thoughts on the topic in the comments section. 

Editor's note: We are aware that FiOS is not offered in some areas as this article is posted across several Patch sites. If that's the case for you, we'd still love to hear about your experiences/satisfaction level with Optimum.

johnny February 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
optimum are a bunch of crooks 220$ for cable is out of this world.
Arthur Harkin March 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I would love to vote on this issue.Babylon village won't let Fios tv into the village.I tried to post about this and it was removed.Lets see how long this lasts.
Evan Minhauker June 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Has anyone else noticed Verizon's hard sell tactics lately to move customers into Fios and off their old copper line? I get weekly calls from Verizon blatantly lying to me saying that I'm required to switch my service when, in fact, the law states the exact opposite. I've said no for several reasons, mostly that Fios will eventually cost me many dollars more than my existing phone service and my alarm provider needs a copper line for central station. Anyone else come across this?
LDD June 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I had had the fiber optic lines with FIOS for quite awhile and my alarm company central station is OK with it. Your alarm company should get updated as this is the wave of the future I would think.
LDD June 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I had had the fiber optic lines with FIOS for quite awhile and my alarm company central station is OK with it. Your alarm company should get updated as this is the wave of the future I would think.

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