Optimum Fiber vs. Verizon Fios: Unveiling the Best Internet Service

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In today's digitally driven world, choosing the correct Internet service provider isc crucial, and if you are torn between Optimum Fiber and Verizon Fios, you a not alo ne in this dilemma. These Internet leaders in fiber optic Internet are constantly battling head-to-head, offering exclusive and enticing packages. But which one to choose.

Understanding your Internet Options: Optimum Fiber vs. Verizon Fios

Optimum Fiber and Verizon Fios promise and offer top of the line Internet solutions. They both offer competitive pricing, unlimited data packages, lightning-fast download speeds, and no contract plans. All of this is great for the consumer, but we all know that the details are all that matter. We will breakdown both Optimum Fiber and Verizon Fios to provide the differences between these providers.

Charting the Differences: Services Breakdown

We breakdown the differences between Optimum Fiber and Verizon Fios in the comparison chart below. We detail all the specifics from Internet speeds, TV packages, and more to determine what sets Optimum Fiber apart from Verizon Fios.


Optimum Fiber Internet*

Verizon Fios*

Fiber Internet Speeds

300 Mbps to 8 Gbps

300 Mbps to 2 Gbps

Download Speed

300 Mbps to 8 Gbps

29.29 Mbps to 2 Gbps

Upload Speed

300 Mbps to 8 Gbps

25.73 Mbps to 2 Gbps

Data Cap



TV Packages

Optimum TV

Fios TV

Contract Buyout

Doesn't require annual contracts

Doesn't require annual contracts

Years in Business



Installation Process

Professional or self Installation

Professional or self-installation

What Service Types Do Optimum and Verizon Offer?

While both providers offer Fiber Internet, their service diverge from there. Optimum's Fiber and cable Internet is available across 22 states, with their Fiber network offering symmetrical upload and download speeds, enhanced by their Smart Wi-Fi 6 for uninterrupted and reliable connectivity.

Verizon offers Fiber and DSL, available in 13 states, with DSL falling short due to slower speeds and the requirement of a landline connection to access the Internet.

What is Fiber?

Fiber uses fiber cables made of plastic or glass for Internet service. It's typically considered a strong Internet option because it provides high-bandwidth connections that allow for speedy uploads. In addition, fiber tends to suffer less than cable from slowdowns caused by high traffic. (Learn about the differences between Fiber and 5G home Internet here.)

About Optimum Fiber: Optimum Fiber Internet uses glass fibers. Glass fibers offer high reliability and symmetrical speeds, which means upload speeds are as fast as download speeds. This plan also includes Smart Wi-Fi 6 to provide reliable Wi-Fi coverage for your entire home. Plus, it supports high-resolution video streaming (up to 8k) and has low latency, allowing for optimal performance in videos, games, and virtual reality applications.

In areas where Optimum Fiber Internet isn’t available, service is provided over cable and connected to our larger 100% Fiber Internet network.

What is Cable?

Cable Internet is a type of widely-used broadband connection that utilizes cable wires to deliver high-speed Internet access—generally up to 1 Gig.

About Optimum Internet: Optimum’s offering includes up to 1 Gig Internet and Smart Wi-Fi 6 for seamless streaming, working, and gaming.

Cable vs. Fiber Speeds

If you have both Internet services available, consider what Internet speed you need. At Optimum, we offer different speeds so you can choose an option that meets your broadband needs. Our fiber plans range in speed from 300 Mbps to 8 Gig, while our cable plans range from 200 Mbps to 1 Gig. (Find more information about picking the right Internet speed here.)

What is DSL?

A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a type of Internet connection that transmits data through unused frequencies of your telephone landline. It offers slower upload and download speeds than cable or fiber Internet. As such, it's generally not ideal for larger households. Another thing to keep in mind is that DSL Internet requires having a working landline phone connection, which not everybody has. (Learn more about the differences between these types of Internet services here.)





Fiber and cable

Fiber and DSL


Available in 22 states

Available in 13 states

Which Internet Service is Faster?

While Optimum and Verizon are both highly regarded and recognized for their quick Internet service, Optimum outshines with a broader range of speeds. Specifically, there are Optimum Fiber Internet plans with speeds ranging from 300 Mbps to 8 Gbps, while Verizon Fios runs at 300 to 2 Gbps.

Internet Plan Speed

Optimum Fiber Internet

Verizon Fios

Fiber Internet Speed

300 Mbps to 8 gigs

300 Mbps to 2 Gbps

How Does the Installation Process Differ For Optimum Fiber and Verizon Fios?

Optimum Fiber offers you a professional installation by Optimum’s certified technicians as well as self-installation, check if your self-install order is eligible. The service includes the hardwiring of one device and assistance with setting up your Optimum account. Additionally, Optimum provides a modem-which is required for Internet access-as part of your Internet service.

Verizon Fios also offers professional installation as well as self-installation. If you wish to self-install, you'll need to check if your order is eligible. You can find instructions on the Verizon website or in the app. With either type of installation, you'll need a modem, which you can either rent from Verizon or buy on your own.


Optimum Fiber Internet

Verizon Fios


Professional or self-installation

Professional or self-installation


Modem included in plan

Modem not included; must be rented or purchased by the customer

What Other Features Do Optimum Fiber and Verizon Fios Offer?

Optimum allows customers to choose "double play" or "triple play" packages, which bundle the Internet with other services. Our double-play packages pair the Internet with Optimum TV, while triple-play packages include Optimum TV and Optimum Phone for your home phone. With one of these packages, you'll also enjoy promotional benefits, such as a 30-day money-back guarantee, unlimited data, and the freedom of having no annual contracts. Optimum Complete is also an option, offering Internet at speeds of up to 5 Gbps.

Both Optimum and Verizon offer lower rates for those that enroll in autopay and paper-free billing. See our side-by-side comparison breakdown below.


Optimum Fiber Internet

Verizon Fios

Bundled service offerings

Customizable double play or triple play packages with Optimum 200, Optimum TV, and Optimum Phone

Bundles with Fios TV, YouTube TV, digital voice phone plan, and Verizon protect home plan

Unlimited data

In many packages


Annual contracts

Not required

Not required

Promotional rates




60-day money-back guarantee

No money-back guarantee

So, What Is the Best Deal Overall?

Considering the competitive pricing, guaranteed satisfaction, and flexible plans, Optimum emerges as the ideal choice for the budget-minded Internet customer. Whether you are streaming, gaming, or working from home, our home Internet plans will allow you to enjoy the fast speeds you need. Optimum's high-speed Internet and customizable bundles allow you to add phone and TV service to your plan without the need for an annual contract.

Currently, Optimum Internet is available in 22 states (and counting). Check to see if Optimum services your address here.

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