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Under competitive pressure from local cable competitors like Cablevision, Verizon is fighting speed with speed. The company just announced that it is now offering connection speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 5 Mbps upstream over its FiOS network. The previous top […]

Under competitive pressure from local cable competitors like Cablevision, Verizon is fighting speed with speed. The company just announced that it is now offering connection speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and 5 Mbps upstream over its FiOS network.

The previous top speed was 30 Mbps/5Mbps, on the high end. In the medium tier, Verizon upped the speed from 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream to 20/5 Mbps, and the top-tier service was increased from 30/5 Mbps to 50/5 Mbps.

The higher speeds were available in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey previously. Massachusetts and Rhode Island were added to the list recently. Verizon had 522,000 FiOS Internet customers across 16 states at the end of the third quarter of 2006.

Though the company did not announce any more specifics, one has to note that the high end service is expensive, like really expensive. The 30 Mbps service costs $179 a month. There was some talk that this service is going to cost $90 a month, but not sure what price Verizon is offering. In comparison, Cablevision’s 30 Mbps service is a third of that price.

Pssst.. hey Verizon, guys at HK Broadband are selling these kind of speeds for like $20 bucks a month. Come on, how about cutting us all a deal here?

Photo via Flickr by Aschmitt

  1. Om can you use your pull and get them to speed up deployment in the Seattle area? I know a couple people who were in the early “test areas” and they said “it is” all Verizon says it’s cracked up to be. It is a good time to be alive.

    -Dal

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  2. 90? 179? i’m in boston and 20/5 is only 49.99…that’s 20 per month lower than comcast and rcn for a dedicated hub at the home versus a shared hub on cable…

    btw, verizon is very aggressive in boston right now too…they’ve been doing door to door in several suburbs as well as setting up camp outside coffee shops…their entire cable tv and internet package including 20/5 internet as well as all cable offerings (hbo roster, etc, but not sports package) is 70 per month cheaper than rcn…

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  3. I wish there was more competition where I lived. RR has things locked up and gets aways with charging whatever they want.

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  4. Dave, you are sharing bandwidth somewhere. Even if you had 20/5 reserved all the way back to the CO (which you may or may not depending on where you live) you certainly don’t have 20/5 reserved at the Internet POP. That said, 20/5 for $50 is a great offer compared to Comcast and RCN of NE and I would switch if I could (live in an apartment building).

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  5. Om, the real issue here is that if Verizon gave you too good an Internet connection on the cheap then what incentive would you have to buy FiOS TV? Just imagine the growth of video entertainment options on the Internet if it could be taken for granted that millions of people had a good enough connection for high quality content (streaming or download). Netflix is already making inroads into the market previously dominated by premium channels like HBO, Showtime, et al. An uncompressed DVD, 4.5 GB, could be downloaded in 30 minutes with a 20 Mbps connection! Meanwhile, 20 Mbps is also more than good enough to be streaming in high def.

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  6. Verizon Bumps FIOS Speeds to 50 Mbps…

    GigaOM had a post today about Verizon bumping the top speed of its FIOS high speed fiber internet access to 50Mbps. Many of the cable providers around the nation have been upgrading their speeds in order to try to one up Verizon who has been winn…

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  7. Exciting news… until I learned the Seattle area isn’t included in the upgrade. Hopefully Comcast will pressure Verizon to do the same up here soon.

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  8. What does an average consumer, or an avid downloader (ok, add multiplayer to that list as well) need anything above 5 Mbps for?

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  9. I would gladly get Verizon Fios and their TV for 70 dollars a month as someone had just said. I sincerely hate Dishnetwork right now which is giving me bs about why I can’t cancel because i signed with third party and not them and their rates are all messed up, long story. And cable tv is over priced like corporate America. If Verizon would just get to Suburban LA area i would gladly convert my town to their service given of course it costs $70 a month for both internet and TV.

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  10. yeah you’re right, who needs 5 Mbps…

    as bill gates said himself, 640 KB of RAM ought to be enough for anybody

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