More interestingly, I've actually found that they are pretty Linux-friendly. Actually, Linux-friendly might be too strong - lets just say that they have not locked me into using Windows for their service. I did have to use activatemyfios.verizon.net, which has a Windows/OS X only Firefox extension. But other than that, I haven't felt the vendor lock-in blues.
Here are some good points:
- As far as I can tell, Verizon only blocks port 80. I run both SSH and HTTPS from my home box.
- Once I spoofed the correct MAC address, I was able to use my own non-Verizon router
- There is no PPPoE authentication or the like
- My IP address has not changed since I started the service
- Latency is very low (about 12ms to Google)
- Service has not gone down
I don't use their phone or TV services, so I can't comment on those. My guess would be that services like Vonage or Skype would work pretty well on my FIOS connection.
- The backup battery is supposedly pretty weak. It only provides voice service during a power outage, not Internet. For that, you'd have to use a UPS. Fortunately, I haven't had the power go out.
- It took forever to get the service installed. Even though the previous house owner already had FIOS installed, they couldn't come out for 2.5 weeks.
Verizon does pretty well here. So if you're thinking about switching - I would recommend it.