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LAS VEGAS--Verizon Communications is boosting speeds for its Fios fiber-to-the-home service, the company plans to announce Wednesday.

The company's COO Denny Strigl is expected to announce the speed upgrades during his keynote speech at the NxtComm trade show here. The upgrades come as Verizon customers use more bandwidth intensive applications such as video downloading and photo sharing.

"The appetite for bandwidth shows no sign of slowing down," Strigl said in a statement. "Neither will we. We've already had successful trials of the 100-megabit home, which will be a reality faster than anybody thinks."

As part of the upgrade, all Fios customers will now have access to download speeds of 50 megabits per second and uploads of 20 Mbps for about $140 a month. The company is also offering its symmetrical 20 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload service to all Fios customers for $65 a month.

Verizon had already been offering these speeds in certain markets such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. But now the service will be expanded to Verizon's entire Fios customer base, which is spread throughout its 16-state territory. Previously Fios in these states, such as Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, topped out at 30Mbps/15Mbps and 15Mbps/15Mbps.

Verizon will also upgrade its mid tier offering increasing speeds from 15Mbps/2Mbps to 20Mbps/5Mbps. And the low end service will increase from 5Mbps/2Mbps to 10Mbps/2Mbps.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9971575-7.html

Man I wish I lived in Verizon territory. I can pay $60/month here for Comcast to provide service that isn't even as good as their new low-end speeds (and I'm near a major metro area, not in the boonies). It also looks like we're going to end up with that pay for downloading a lot crap that Time Warner is testing.
Edited by Desidero - 6/18/08 at 6:32am
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Wow! Verizon is really pushing the envelope with this. Everyone else seems to be saying that they are running out of bandwidth and must stop p2p to save the internet while here is verizon doing what a company should and increasing bandwidth to meet customers needs.


But didn't i read that Verizon was going to block USENET? The only bad thing i've read about their policy so far
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GRrrrrrrr.... VIOS is avaliable in the towns next to mine but they haven't gotten to me yet.
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Sweet! I guess I'm about to get a free 5mbps boost!

And that 20/20 line for $65/month is sickness.

+Rep =)
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Verizon FTW! Specially when ISPs like AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner are teaming up to cheat customers.
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I am excited about this. It's fast enough, but if they want to boost my speed then I can't complain. Verizon is so much better than the Internet access at school because they have faster uploads and don't monitor traffic. We may have 50mbps down at Tech, but I want some more freedom and more than a 1mbps upload
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VIOS was already pretty good so nice. Too bad I don't think it's available here...yet.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
GRrrrrrrr.... VIOS is avaliable in the towns next to mine but they haven't gotten to me yet.
FiOS is available in the new tract home complex 2 exits up and across the freeway from my place (like 2 miles) and I'm stuck with crappy Time Warner.
     
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post #9 of 21
Am at the borderline, like two blocks from the next city and we don't have FIOS yet.
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I wish I had FIOS...
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