Verizon Internet Speed Blows Away Cable

    October 24, 2007

Some Verizon FiOS customers will see an increase in speed due to a new Internet service that has upload and download speeds up to 20 megabits per second.

The new FiOS service will be available in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Verizon has plans to introduce the service in 13 other states that offer FiOS.

"Verizon’s new 20/20 FiOS service blows cable away. Their upload speeds don’t even come close," said Susan Retta, vice president, Broadband Solutions for Verizon.

Verizon is offering the 20/20 plan for $65 a month if a customer has existing Verizon VoIP service and has subscribed to an annual plan. The service is $73 a month with a voice plan and a current month-to-month broadband plan.

The new speed will allow a 250-megabyte upload of 200 photos in around 90 seconds compared to 47 minutes over a 768 kilobits per second upstream connection. A 500-MB file of 400 photos could upload in under four minutes and a 3-GB, one-hour video could upload in about 20 minutes.

"By 2010, we expect 100 million Americans will be teleworkers in one way shape or form," Retta said. "Video conferencing will be commonplace online collaboration" and people will need to upload "extremely large files," she said.