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  (Source: Verizon)
Pricing for all of the tiers will be announced next month, where Verizon users can choose a standalone Internet service or add these tiers to their bundles

Verizon announced today that it will not only more than double the speeds of many FiOS Internet tiers, but will also add two new tiers.

According to Verizon, its updated FiOS Internet tiers will consist of 50/25 Mbps and 150/65 download/upload speeds. However, other entry-level options will remain the same, such as the 15/5 Mbps, 25/25 Mbps, 35/35 Mbps, 50/20 Mbps and 150/35 Mbps tiers.

The two new tiers will feature 75/35 Mbps or 300/65 Mbps speeds. Verizon said the 300/65 tier is double that of the current FiOS Internet top speed, which is 150/35 Mbps.

"The ways we used the Internet and watched TV over the past 10 to 15 years have dramatically shifted," said Bob Mudge, president of Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit. "With the emergence of smartphones, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and gaming consoles that also serve as over-the-top devices, consumers need more bandwidth to receive the highest quality experience."

Each tier is targeted at a specific audience. The layout is as follows: 15/5 Mbps for a one or two person household for just email and Web browsing; 50/25 Mbps for a multi-person household that downloads music, watches videos and telecommutes; 75/35 Mbps for households that have three or more people on Internet-connected devices, stream HD movies, and play multi-player gaming, and 150/65 and 300/65 for households with five or more heavy Internet users.

"Our top FiOS speed will be twice as fast as anything America has ever seen," said Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit. "High-speed Internet no longer is just for techies, as more than half of our residential consumers already use at least a 20 Mbps Internet connection. Streaming online video on an all-fiber-optic connection providing faster speeds is better and more reliable during peak Internet usage hours.

"As recently as 2005, video was less than 10 percent of Web traffic. By the end of this year, we expect it to be 50 percent, growing to 90 percent in just a few years."

The 150/65 and 300/65 tiers will require a gigabit passive optical network (GPON) installation.

Pricing for all of the tiers will be announced next month, where Verizon users can choose a standalone Internet service or add these tiers to their bundles.

Source: Verizon

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That's great!
By TheSev on 5/30/2012 8:36:08 PM , Rating: 5
Now if only Verizon would bother setting up FiOS in my region.

RE: That's great!
By Makaveli on 5/30/2012 9:04:47 PM , Rating: 1
They announced last year they are not rolling it out to any other regions. To much read tape dealing with each city,towns etc.

If you aren't in a FIOS area now you won't be getting it so move on or move!

RE: That's great!
By geddarkstorm on 5/30/2012 9:40:45 PM , Rating: 1
That opens up a great market for Google then, who is currently laying down and about to test drive its 1 Gbps internet in Kansas City.

RE: That's great!
By mcnabney on 5/31/2012 12:13:35 AM , Rating: 4
Actually, no.

The biggest headache Verizon encountered with FiOS are the multiunit contracts with cable companies. While many thousands of consumers might WANT FiOS if it runs right down their street, they are prevented from getting it by contracts that apartment/condo management signed with Comcast or Time Warner. So Verizon's problem is that they are finding too many customers that would go with them being blocked by pre-existing monopolies. There is no fighting it, so Verizon stopped expanding and is focusing on wireless instead. It sucks and it rewards the cable/DSL duopoly, but it is just business - anticompetitive as it is.

RE: That's great!
By inperfectdarkness on 5/31/2012 1:17:12 AM , Rating: 3
sounds about right. god bless america.

RE: That's great!
By Omega215D on 5/30/2012 9:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
Especially when the cable companies complain about something threatening their approved monopoly. Still pissed at Time Warner in my section of NYC for that BS. Tired of seeing that Initializing screen due to the cable box being a flaky POS.

RE: That's great!
By 1ceTr0n on 5/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: That's great!
By NellyFromMA on 5/31/2012 2:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, basically what they mean is since the telecom industry is so anti-competitive that they can hold out on implementation until they've whittled down town and city councils to the point where VZ gets the best deal possible to do it, essentially meaning tax payers will have to foot the bills associated with installation and what not. Eff off VZ

RE: That's great!
By Ammohunt on 5/30/2012 9:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly hello! Verizon; expand the network into new markets!

RE: That's great!
By Alexvrb on 5/30/2012 10:30:51 PM , Rating: 3
Right, cause all they have to do is dig holes and shove fiber in it. Don't have to have permission or anything. It's not like in some prime markets they've had to negotiate back and forth endlessly with greedy and corrupt local officials... oh wait.

I've got it in my area, if I lived someplace that had politicians that prevented FiOS from coming in I'd be pissed. Doesn't matter whether they're taking bribes from cable companies or trying to extract as much money from Verizon as possible, either way it's a shame. I guess its too late now, Verizon doesn't seem to be eager to get back into those kinds of battles at the moment.

RE: That's great!
By johnsmith9875 on 5/31/2012 10:13:43 AM , Rating: 2
I think your anger is misguided....who exactly is pulling the strings behind those "corrupt" politicians?

Let's see, its another private industry competing with Verizon's FIOS.

This is just a turf war, just like when AT&T sues any municipality attempting to set up their own DSL service.

RE: That's great!
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/2012 10:13:34 AM , Rating: 2
You might want to look up "municipal monopolies" and you'll see why he said that.

These aren't natural home-grown monopolies. They are locally sanctioned.

RE: That's great!
By Solandri on 5/31/2012 3:01:22 PM , Rating: 3
I think your anger is misguided....who exactly is pulling the strings behind those "corrupt" politicians?

Let's see, its another private industry competing with Verizon's FIOS.

In my city's case, according to the local newspaper it was the city politicians themselves. The city was one of Verizon's first cities to get FIOS after the initial testing phase. Then rollout mysteriously stopped for nearly 5 years (a few blocks away from my house, aggravatingly enough). It picked up again a couple years ago, so I have FIOS now.

According to the newspaper, the politicians initially negotiated with Verizon on a per-house fee for running FIOS (paid to the city for access to the underground easements where they run the fiber). Then they realized it was insanely popular (about 10x faster than cable internet at the time) and Verizon would be making money hand over fist, so they then tried to charge Verizon a much higher per-house fee for remaining houses. Verizon said screw it and stopped the rollout. Presumably, a couple years ago Verizon and the city politicians were able to agree upon an amicable fee schedule.

IMHO this is no better than ISPs thwarting network neutrality. If you subscribe to an ISP, you are paying them to provide you with service, not to hold you hostage so they can auction you off to websites which are willing to pay. Likewise, you're paying the city taxes to smooth the way for the best utility services which can be obtained. Not for them to hold you hostage so they can auction you off to the highest-bidding utility company.

RE: That's great!
By Ben on 5/31/2012 2:30:39 AM , Rating: 1
I said the same thing for years, and then, lo and behold, they just ran fiber to our complex this month. And yes, it seems that a stranglehold by a local cable company prevented it until now. I'm not sure what changed?

I was all excited and eager to switch until I saw the prices. They are proud of that shit!

Faster.. Faster!
By valkator on 5/30/2012 7:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
It wasn't that long ago that I had an IBM/Ps1 with a 3600 byte modem cruising the internet with PC-DOS was it? I must have had patience then. Now, I have a 30Mbps connection and I am sitting there downloading a 3GB video file waiting several MINUTES and getting annoyed! I can't wait to get 300Mbps!

RE: Faster.. Faster!
By AMDftw on 5/30/2012 7:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
That just means you will get to your cap sooner. watch won't be long when they follow Comcast lol

RE: Faster.. Faster!
By valkator on 5/30/2012 7:31:49 PM , Rating: 4
A cap will definitely sadden me. :(. The day they switch to low capacity caps is the day I have to switch back to low res porn.

RE: Faster.. Faster!
By kingmotley on 5/30/2012 10:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
There was no 3600 byte modem, did you mean 300bps? or 28.8kbps?

RE: Faster.. Faster!
By valkator on 5/30/2012 11:15:13 PM , Rating: 2
You are right. It was a 300bps.. "have the card with a big bus fuse in my drawer of old junk". My bad.

RE: Faster.. Faster!
By immortalsly on 5/31/2012 12:05:11 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, the 300 baud modem. Prodigy was much more usable after I upgraded to 2400! It's sad talking to the young uns nowadays who only knows Megabits and Gigabits.

RE: Faster.. Faster!
By Ringold on 5/31/2012 11:49:04 AM , Rating: 2
I've got 40Mbps down and don't know that I'd rush to pay more for a faster connection; I get 40Mbps down from some services, like Microsoft update, some others, but a decent enough portion of places I grab larger files cap out between 15 and 30. So don't see paying for more when I'm outstripping some sites ability to feed me data that quick.

But the day will come I'm sure! Just not quite yet, at least not in my corner of the internet.

Yay for the 5% of the country ...
By WT on 5/31/2012 10:23:18 AM , Rating: 2
... that can get FIOS from Verizon !! So many promises and so little effort for anyone but the shareholders. Verizon's 'Fusion' strategy appears ready to put the final nail into the DSL coffin.

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By Solandri on 5/31/2012 3:21:11 PM , Rating: 3
The thing is, DSL is plenty fast in short runs. VDSL2, which is used in hotels and apartment complexes, can hit 100 Mbps or more both ways over distances up to 300 meters using regular cat3 phone lines. It was introduced in 2006 - an eternity ago by modern technology standards.

The problem has been the phone companies have been lazy, doing everything they can to avoid having to lay down new cable. Rather than run new high-speed lines to each city block, then run VDSL2 from that to each home over existing copper phone lines, they just plop ADSL equipment in their phone room and call it a day. Because the DSL signal has to run over several km of phone lines to your house, your max speed is pathetic by modern cable/fiber standards.

Contrary to Verizon's all-or-nothing approach to fiber with FIOS (they snip your copper phone lines if you get FIOS), several fiber network companies are doing just what I described above. Running fiber to each city block, putting VDSL2 equipment there, and using VDSL2 to bridge the "last 100 feet" from the street to the house. That way you get fiber speeds without having to run the fiber all the way to the house. The DSL phone companies could've done this 10 years ago if they had wanted to (the original VDSL gave speeds up to 55 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up in 2001).

Awesome upload speeds!
By immortalsly on 5/31/2012 12:15:51 AM , Rating: 2
I gotta give VZ credit for having such tremendous upload speeds. This is in sharp contrast to what cable providers give us. I mean, I have Charter's Ultra 100 service. It's a blistering 100Mbps download and I'm thrilled it's available in my area. But the upload? 5Mbps . Seriously, 5Mbps. It's a crime.

RE: Awesome upload speeds!
By 3DoubleD on 5/31/2012 12:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
I guess just be happy it isn't 1 Mbps!

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