Comcast is ready to compete with the latest broadband technology from Verizon

Scheduled to begin making appearances this year in the broadband internet industry is Comcast's latest ante-up from their current top tier 8Mbps download to 16Mbps-down and 1MBps-upload transfer speeds.

DSL Reports states the doubled speeds are an answer to Verizon's new FiOS service which is being rolled out in certain markets across the United States. Along with this news comes news of updates to DOCSIS 2.0 which will pave the way for the bandwidth increases.  Early last month, Comcast's CEO, Brian Roberts, took a swing at Verizon saying "I think it does not show any economic promise", talking about the FiOS service according to

The first market to see these upgrades was Reston, Virginia and areas such as Sarasota, FL, Ft. Wayne, IN, and Howard County, MD, are on their way to higher-speed broadband bliss while those consumers where Qwest roams will need to wait.

Current pricing for Verizon's FiOS service at 15Mbps down and 2Mbps up is about $44.95 for participating markets while Comcast is said to be offering their 16Mbps down, 1Mbps up services for $52.95 -- which is the discounted price if you subscriber to their cable TV service as well.

Most users won't see any noticeable difference between Verizon's 15Mbps service and Comcast's 16Mbps offering, however, many will reap the benefits of Verizon's 2Mbps upload speeds compared to Comcast's 1Mbps upload. Ultimately, Verizon's FiOS may come out on top if the pricing structure remains the same between the two alternatives.

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