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Verizon steps up FiOS speed to 20Mb symmetrical

Verizon steps up FiOS speed to 20Mb symmetrical

With speeds increasing so often, the only hurdle left is availability.

US broadband speeds have been trailing behind those available in Europe and Asia for a long time. Verizon is the largest provider of fiber service in the US, via FiOS broadband service, and yesterday the company set the bar higher by announcing 20mbps download and upload speeds.

The new service is available right now, and at $64.99 per month it includes 1GB of online storage space; however, it is currently only available in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Damn.

Verizon has been working on it since it announced the FiOS service in 2004 to expand the service from the original East and West coast offerings to nearly 2,000 communities spread over 16 states. Over 1 million people are subscribed to Verizon’s FiOS broadband service, and over half a million people use the TV service offered over the same FiOS lines.

Perhaps the most amazing part of this announcement is the insane upload speed. Even with national cable providers offering download speeds of 10mbps and beyond, upload speeds often stay capped at under 1mbps.

Sharing your own data has always been the intent of the Internet, and with sharing large user-created media files like video clips and music, upload speeds are meaning more to the Average Joe. Even with download speeds of 10mbps, maxing out a 512kbps upload generally means download speeds suffer greatly too. Higher upload speeds mean more easily sharing your birthday video, or that great song you recorded in the basement with your mates.

It also means that P2P and torrent users can share data as quickly as they can obtain it, which could be one of the prods that legal filesharing methods, such as the service the BBC has employed. With speeds greatly exceeding the competition, the only question left of Verizon is how quickly they can get fiber installed in the rest of the US.

Are you one of the few that is actually lucky enough to get Verizon FIOS, or are you in the same boat as me - wishing you had higher internet speeds? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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slugs 24th October 2007, 12:10 Quote
i use my connection at home to vpn into work. and my 832kb/s upstream is a real pain. and bt have serverly limited the valiablity of sdsl

it might get a bit better as and when adsl2+ is in ready supply.
Solidus 24th October 2007, 12:18 Quote
slight typo in your mini-description on the front page -#

"Verizon is bumping up the speed the speed of its FIOS services to a whopping 20MB symmetrical connection. [1]"

:)
TreeDude 24th October 2007, 14:28 Quote
I live in Buffalo, NY. I have been waiting for FIOS for over a year now. They have a kiosk in a mall just outside of Buffalo, yet they don't offer it. But all the suburbs can get it, just not us in the city. The still don't have their TV service up and running yet either.
Sleepstreamer 24th October 2007, 21:01 Quote
Seems like quite a hefty price to me. Here in sweden a 100mbps dl/ul fibre connection costs like 350SEK (about 54 USD with current exchange rates). I guess broadband is the one thing sweden does well :)
pendragon 24th October 2007, 21:50 Quote
hope massachusetts gets its act together.. getting FiOS seems possible with two bordering states offering it.. that's a nifty speed increase if I do say so
C-Sniper 25th October 2007, 00:32 Quote
My town doesn't even have a viable fiber system yet. The only buildings that have it are my Dad's office and the Capital Building
DXR_13KE 25th October 2007, 00:42 Quote
still with adsl here....
completemadness 25th October 2007, 03:38 Quote
jeez u Americans, "we don't have it in out town" - in Britain we don't have it, full stop !. (note this is a joke post before someone gets offended)
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