Verizon FiOS Boosts Internet Upload Speeds -- For a Price
Verizon's FiOS service has already been putting the heat on cable providers in the ISP realm, offering blisteringly fast downloads and impressive upload speeds at prices comparable to most cable providers.
Depending on where you live, you can nab a connection at speeds up to 50 megabits downstream and 5 megabits up. Many cable providers have begun to catch up with Verizon in the quest for the fastest download speeds -- for example, Cablevision offers a 30-megabit download package, which matches the fastest Verizon speeds in many markets. At these speeds, a full length album downloads in seconds and a DVD-quality movie in just a couple of minutes.
Most service providers have not put as much focus on ramping up their upload speeds, however, which is what lets you send or post big files quickly. Most cable companies are stuck in the 256 kilobit to 1.5 megabit range, falling far short of Verizon's 5-megabit speeds. But rather than let other providers catch up, Verizon is boosting its upload speeds... for a price.
Verizon unveiled a new 20/20 plan that, as the name implies, allows a 20-megabit download and upload speeds. The plan is only available currently in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. In these markets, the 20 megabit download package is the mid range service and costs $55 a month. For $10 more, Verizon will boost the upload limit from 5 to 20 megabits, allowing users to send data at the same breakneck speeds they receive.
In the new Internet where file sharing and uploading photos and videos is king, a fast upload connection quickly proves its usefulness. Sending hi-def video to friends and family without having to occupy your computer for days becomes a reality, and online back-up services become actually useful.
We'd still rather see Verizon keep the current price points and give us symmetrical service at all levels, but this is a step in the right direction.
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