Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps

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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 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

57 Comments

ph0neman

I must tell you “former verizon customer”, Verizon does indeed suck the high hard one for many reasons.. but for you to be pimping cable is ridiculous! Cable speeds suck MOST of the time due to them overloading and overselling the nodes. It’s like trying to fill 20 keg cups with beer out of one tap at the same time… There just isn’t enough to go around. But instead of being honest with consumers and telling them that their bandwidth is being shared with the entire neighborhood, they continue to promise 10mb connections and rarely deliver (maybe from 1:30am – 5:30am). So don’t worry about looking back, you wont have to… you will be looking forward trying to figure out how got left behind.

Oh yea, and as car as Cox, Mediacom and the rest of these jokers shaping traffic, you will also be outwitted as you always are… we (collectively), are smarter and have more drive than you and your engineers ever will so give up on stopping p2p and bit torrent traffic.

Former verizon customer

Listen, FiOS is Verizon’s effort to finally catch up with cable but they are going with there old habits of overcharging people and sticking people with a “ball and chain” contracts. why would I pay even $1 for shaty service??? I am now a cable vision customer and I am enjoying 30 mbps down and 5 mbps up for only $40 and when Optimum Ultra is revealed to the general public (thats 50 mbps up and 50 mbps down) I will a proud owner….. Onced I switched from Verizon I never looked back!

detzu

Come on about USA bigger then Sweden . The NY area has more people than Sweden in a smaller area and the internet is poorer. Here is not about distances , here is about winning and about no Federal Presure. Look what programs Sweden and South Corea have.

mark simmons

Hold on to your hat. Within the next few months, Totally wireless T1 speed up and down through buildings, trees, 30+ miles from the NOC throughout North America unlimited plus unlimited VOip, router included for $29.95 a month, $8.00 commissionable. Say goddbye to the cellular phone age. Embrace the technology ISP’s or

Saad

Hey! I have really crappy Verizon DSL (I actually have no idea what it is exactly)… its pathetic. Especially after I moved to Long Island, NY. The normal speed for a song is 10 kb/s hahah…when I’m lucky I get 20 kb/sec… It starts off at 30kb/sec but quickly goes down…

Anyways, I am looking to change to either Verizion Fios or Cablevision (Optimum Online)… When it comes to price per mb of down/up cablevision looks good… however I heard those numbers are a load of bull. Fios is more consistent.. I’m not really looking for anything great… My 10 kb/sec is pathetic enough. As I go on the main Fios site it shows prices that are much diff then what you guys say. I currently live in NY. I’m thinking that the prices on the site are the maximums and that I could possibly get it for much cheaper.If I do, I will get either the 5mbs/sec or 15 mbs/sec depending on price.. Can anyone near New York, NJ, New England etc with fios tell me what they are paying and how did they get those prices. And what do you guys think about Cablevision?

Duane

My 5Mbps down / 2Mbps up is $39.95/mo. I’m not sure how useful 50 Mbps is at this day and age, but they should at least lower the price of the slowest package. I wrote an article on my experience with Verizon FiOS Internet.

American

Hey I am an American from Philadelphia. The bottom line is that America is so far behind the Wireless/Cellphone & Broadband internet it’s not funny.

Corporations control everything up to congress and things are not going to change as fast as they do in EU.

At least I guess we can be thankfull they aren’t keeping us in 56k.

Rusty

I think you guys are missing the point. (The guys that keep saying America is a 3rd world country and crap.)

Please tell me, how many of you are the best at everything? I know I ain’t, but doesn’t that also say the same for countries. Nobody can be the BEST at everything. WoW! One small thing, internet connection, and America sux…You guys are stupid. Good job.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/110506688.png

Hospital internet for the win. Hey, I don’t pay a thing…and it’s networked.

Brian Laks

When is the US going to catch up with the rest of the world… This is ridiculous. But alas, I am in the same boat as some of you others that have other bottleneck constraints to worry about.

The frankenstein desktop I am using is about 10 years old, and its rip roaring 733 MHz processor can’t handle streaming video, definitely a bummer when the kind folks at IBM are willing to webcast Amen corner at the Masters. Not to mention when I have 20-30 tabs open in firefox and the whole tower starts rattling and roaring like one of those large outdoor air conditioning units. but i have found that a swift “ac slateresque” jab to its midsection can knock off a few decibels.

intel should just skip the step from duo to quad, and go straight to multi-core. photonics chips all around! then i could actually worry about things like up/dn speeds. maybe we should all just move to korea.

amy

I pay $57 for 5down/0.7up with RoadRunner at Queens,NY. I also use the broadband for Internet TV which needs 1mbps without getting buffered. But during night hours, RoadRunner would drop to 0.5mbps,which restricted to watch my Internet TV program. TWC had tried to fix this problem for months. I finallt give up and sign myself for Verizon DSL for 3 mbps down/0.6 starting next week. I can’t wait until FIOS is availale in our area.

Nick

I believe that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. My old 28K modem works just fine and I can surf my aol pages with no problem. I have plenty of time and don’t need this feos service or whatever it is. I don’t want to overdue my old computer with some things it don’t need. I am considering getting rid of the computer altogheter and just using my webtv as it is less hassle and easier to manage. With the computer there is just to much expense of virus software and there are just to many windows updates and popups. There is just too much stuff to have to deal with. I think I’ll just go back to webtv and forget about it! That’s be about all for me.

Nick in the country!

BRatigan

I live in “Tech Valley”, the upper Hudson Valley in New York State. We live 4 miles from a city and 1.5 miles from the nearest Fiber Cable, which by the way they ran on a dirt road with hardly any customers. I live on a paved county highway and all we can get is dial-up. No cable, dsl (I’m 28K from the CO),no fiber, no satellite and no plans to do a damn thing. If you are in the rural environment you are discriminated against.
My phone line even has a constant buzz in it.
Long live 26,400 baud! We are indeed a third world country.

ph0neman

chuck… if you have no use for those speeds… then dont order it… some of us have better things to do than wait hours and hours and hours for our stuff be transferred. i personally could make use of a 100mb connection.
i currently have 3mb/1mb connections and its maxed out constantly… i share videos of my kids with the family members

Scott

I pay $55 a month for RR 7mb/0.7 in Queens,NY. My internet loses connection at least twice daily and TV once daily(30 to 4 hour periods). Timewarner is worthless

Chuck

Who the hell seriously can’t wait an extra 2 seconds? I think cable has struck the desired speed that most people can live with. If you are that much of an internet fiend that you need 50mbps download speed you need to lay off the MySpace, and crank.

Heather

I used to sell verizon door to door and i have seen the service and it is awesome. You guys who talk about Cablevision being cheaper for the same service does not make it better. You may be supposedly getting 30 megs but you are sharing speed with everyone on your street. Fios is a dedicated line to your house, thats why it is faster and better quality and more reliable.

Robert Mm Bratcher Jr.

I wish they’d offer service in Harris County Texas. I’d drop Time Warner Roadrunner in a heartbeat for 30 to 50 MB per second speed!!

motozine

s.korea offers 90Mbps for about $35/mos.
even on both ways with uploading the same speed!

w3

I have had FIOS for 9 months in Virginia. Have 30mbs connection and pay $56 / month. The speed is incredible, I have clocked downloads at 3500 kilobytes per second… I have downloaded 700MB in less than 3 minutes. It is amazing. I have never had an outage. Speed has always been 30mbit+ down and 4.6mbit+ up. I was told by several Verizon tech’s that they are expecting a competitive run with the cable company in this area and they are prepared to take them on. that their network infrastructures in my area are being upgraded as fast as they can and that at some point they will (at some point) offer up to 100mbit to 200mbit packages… that may be years away but it depends on how aggressive the cable companies try to go…

PurpleMountain

My broadband router/switch won’t give me more than 3.5mbps throughput no matter WHAT Comcast gives me at the modem (currently about 6mbps DL/385kbps UL.) What are you folks using to get around this bottleneck?

BrooklynGuy

Well, if FIoS is anything like cable here in Brooklyn, NY, it will be 10 years before the cable actually arrives in the neighborhood and another 5-10 years before internet service is available. And probably another 5-10 before CATV over the fiber is available.

And when it does arrive, it’ll be $250/month before you’re done.

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