My internet only installation was delayed 200+ days due to the COVID situation - I must vacate my current residence no later than end of May. I require an internet connection to continue to work. I’m moving to a Verizon ready location (system recognized it).
What other options do I have other than to discontinue my Verizon service and utilize a competitor? Internet is considered an essential service due to the requirements of remote work and remote school.
Are they just outright refusing protective equipment to their installation teams? I understand staff got sick - is the company not able to provide said staff with PPE?
Does your new location have an ONT installed? Verizon will let you self install FiOS if these conditions are met:
If you can meet all three of these requirements, Verizon should be able to send you a self install kit. If you have an old ONT or no ONT, the install may need to wait for a technician to visit. Verizon is trialing a "FiOS in a box" setup according to some reports on DSLReports, but I haven't seen one of those installs yet.
Techs have died, not just gotten sick. Verizon's current policy is no in-home tech visits, period. Techs are not front line healthcare workers who should be asked to risk infection even with PPE (it isn't perfect).
If the location meets the requirements for a self install as Smith6612 described, you should be able to get FiOS. The only thing I'd add to the list is the presence of an Ethernet connection from the ONT to the router location. You can try asking their social media team for more info about the new location; you can reach them via @VerizonSupport on Twitter or https://www.dslreports.com/forum/vzdirect. The social media team can be very helpful.
If you can't get FiOS but can get another ISP, you should seriously consider doing that. You can always switch later if you like.
Verizon is prioritizing the health and safety of their employees and customers over profits. You've got to give them some credit for that.
What is an ONT?
Of course, and understandable that they’re protecting their employees. I’m looking for solutions so I don’t lose my job - losing my job is not an option for me.
The fact the system recognizes that Verizon was already in use is what confuses me - why require an on-site tech at all if I’m already wired for service - and even if it’s ‘sub-par’ service according to them, it’s still service that I could get without risking an employee’s life.
I’m unfortunately looking into another ISP at this time. Unemployment is not an option.
An ONT is the device Verizon uses to deliver FiOS services. Many people call it the "FiOS Box" that sits on the side of the house or in the basement. In short, it takes the Fiber signal coming in, and delivers your Internet, TV, and Phone service using cheaper and more common connectivity methods like CAT5e/Ethernet, Coax (MoCa) and Twisted Pair Copper (for Telephone).
Some examples look like these:
ONT = Optical Network Terminal.
It's the device that the fiber connects to. It plugs into power and provides wired connections for internet, TV and phone. As Smith6612 noted, it needs to be powered up in order for Verizon's system to see it.
Even if an ONT is present, it may not be a GPON model and may have been installed with coax for internet. Verizon is only enabling GPON on new installs. A BPON ONT can only be upgraded by a Verizon tech, which isn't happening now. If it is a GPON ONT but with coax internet, you can switch to Ethernet yourself which should then enable a self-install. Try the Verizon social media team to see if they have any more information about the location.
If you can't figure this out before you move, you should definitely get whatever service is available. You can always switch later if needed.
I may not be able to sign up for any other service based on my investigation today. If Verizon can't help me find some way to get connected, even with 'old' ONT equipment, I likely won't be able to work until they can get it connected. I still need to check - not sure if it is 'old', but I'm going to guess it is. Again unemployment is not an option - I have bills and a house that need to be paid.
To be clear, you're not talking to Verizon here. You're talking to other users. If you want to talk to Verizon, use the social media contacts I provided. They'll let you know what Verizon may or may not be able to do.
Yes, I am aware and read the other posts before posting here. That’s why I’m using the term Verizon and not “your Company.” I came for assistance in what other options might be available and what other customers may be aware of.