The way FiOS works, it's partially incumbent upon groups like homeowners and condo associations...or apartment building management...to request that Verizon come in and install the local infrastructure for "last mile" delivery. It's not just a situation of them coming up to one home and plugging you in, otherwise. We recently went through this in the condo development where I live, and it was an involved process...but when you want fiber to your home, guess what? You have to have someone install the fiber, which means asking them to do so. Hence the advertising to build up demand.
Could the ad have been a little more up front about this? Sure. But it's not actually silly that they are doing this.
This! FiOS was being advertised and available to houses in my area for over a year before an agreement finally went through with my building's management office to wire it up. Verizon had people at a desk in the lobby trying to get people to sign up for weeks after that. Was there the first day and it's been great since then. They've gotten nearly the entire building signed up based on the number of 4 letter wifi networks encrypted with WEP around me. Verizon could do with setting better default security on their routers.
Time Warner has taken to sending people door to door trying to get people to switch back, offering all kinds of deals. I don't think anybody has taken them up on their shit service.
The Eloi are cattle. It's literally spelled out in the book! How do you miss that?
"These Eloi were mere fatted cattle, which the ant-like Morlocks preserved and preyed upon -- probably saw to the breeding of."
"Very pleasant was their day, as pleasant as the day of the cattle in the field. Like the cattle, they knew of no enemies and provided against no needs. And their end was the same. "
Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982