Since writing my Verizon Fios Review & Deal post in 2013, I've had quite a few visitors write me a note to say thank you.
In these emails, I've answered lots of questions, but below is a quick list of tools and resources that answer the most common questions, I've encountered.
By far the most common question, I've gotten is "Does Verizon Fios offer service in my area?"
Each of these sites allow you to enter your zip code in and they'll help you get a rough idea of which internet providers offer service in your area.
That said, broadbandnow.com is the most accurate for my town so your milage may vary.
Another common question I get is "How much download speed do I need?"
While this is a really though question to answer, I generally recommend users run a speed test on their current internet plan then decided based on what they are currently getting if they need more.
Some guides on the internet say that you need 50+ mbps, but for most people 25 mbps is plenty. (Not surprisingly, this is also the standard set by the FCC).
To do a Speed Test, I used to recommend SpeedTest.net but now I recommend DSL Report's Speedtest because just recently SpeedTest.net was acquired by Ziff Davis who's SEC paperwork reveals that Speedtest.net gets the majority of it's funding from big cable companies and telecom companies. So they have a conflict of interest in showing you what your download speed is.
More and more consumers seem to be "cutting the cord" in favor of going with Netflix.
If you are one of these consumers, then definitely make sure to check out the Netflix Speed Index to see how your current provider and/or intended provider stacks up.
Hope these tools have been useful!