Can FiOS keep up with Apple, Google and Microsoft? | fios, video, use - The Orange County Register "The FiOS service, which received a significant upgrade last week, is in a race against what's called "over-the-top" video streaming from places other than the cable provider. For example, services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus use Verizon as a so-called "dumb pipe," providing video on demand libraries for around $8 per month. In the worst case scenario for Verizon, customers "cut the cord" and skip the $50 or more per month on FiOS TV and use the speedy FiOS connection to do nothing but pump the Internet into their homes. The Internet connection in that case would be a sort of utility, like electricity, water and gas."