OREANDA-NEWS. May 25, 2016. A majority of the nation has probably never heard of FiOS, Verizon's broadband and video service. With super-fast 5G wireless technology, that could change.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam entertained the idea that FiOS, which is only available in the Northeast, could go nationwide. But instead of a physical line going into your house, the connection would be via the next-generation 5G technology the company is developing.

"I don't know why there would be any limitation on where we can take it," McAdam said at an investor conference on Tuesday. The event was webcast.

Verizon going nationwide with an alternative broadband option would shake up the market in regions where there are few options for Internet service. It could be an answer to connecting rural areas that have no high-speed access. Still, don't hold your breath for the service to show up in your neighborhood anytime soon -- the carriers are just starting to test out the technology.

The early results are promising. 5G will deliver speeds that are hundreds of times faster than your current cable or DSL connection. During CNET's visit to Verizon's Basking Ridge, New Jersey, headquarters in February, the company demonstrated a connection speed of 3.77 gigabits a second, or enough to download the entire "Simpsons" series -- nearly 600 high-definition episodes -- in about half an hour.