Verizon Internet: Two Major Upcoming Changes

    July 27, 2014
    Chris Tepedino
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This past week, Verizon announced that it will be making two major adjustments to the data usage of its customers—increasing upload speeds to match download speeds for nearly all of its FiOS service subscribers and limiting the data speeds for the top five percent of data users for its 4G network, according to the Los Angeles Times and Forbes respectively.

The first change, announced in a news release this past Monday, comes with Verizon’s expectation that its users’ upload activity will double by the end of 2016. The increasing of upload speeds will allow users to upload videos to sites like YouTube nearly as quickly as downloading videos they want to watch.

Verizon has about 6 million subscribers and its FiOS service—which relies on fiber-optic cables that allow for both faster download and upload speeds—is available in 20 markets, including 1.4 million households in Los Angeles.

Verizon’s lowest plan, 15 megabytes per second download and 5 megabytes per second upload, will rise to 15-15, and the highest tier, 500-100, will switch to 500-500 in the coming months.

The other major adjustment Verizon will make is the limiting of data speeds for the five percent of customers that use the most data on its 4G network. Called the “network optimization policy,” users that fall in this category will see their speeds grow slower when they use a cell site that is experiencing heavy demand, such as a buffering in internet gaming or a lagging of web browsing.

The network optimization policy will affect the top five percent of users that have passed their minimum contract term and consume around 4.7GB of data per month or more.

“We understand that our customers rely on their smartphones and tablets every day. Our network optimization policy provides the best path to ensure a continued great wireless experience for all of our customers on the best and largest wireless network in the U.S.,” said Verizon Wireless VP of Technology Mike Haberman in a statement.

Verizon will notify customers of the network optimization policy through a message on August 1.

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  • Tony Stark

    This is so awesome! Verizon has got to be the best ISP out there. They were in the news about something a while ago… something to do with streaming or net neutrality or something? All well, forgot already. Go Verizon!

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    • meowmix

      I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not

  • Verizon hater

    Verizon sucks. First it’s “you can keep your unlimited data if you buy your new phone at full retail price”. Now they are slowing us down? It’s not even like I use that much data and I won’t be in the top 5%, but once again they go back on their word. I’m glad the other providers are getting up to speed. Verizon you can thank your policies for losing another customer.

  • Harry Jones

    Verizon sucks balls.

  • Kitt Parker

    I’m surprised they are able to manage that with all the strain netflix has placed on their servers.

  • Jean

    Since July 1’st our service has dropped from 4g to 3g and now it has made my laptop almost useless…..But the bill stays the same.

  • Jim Kener

    I see a lawsuit in the coming of this policy, Verizon advertises and sells 10gb service now they are saying you will get slow speed if you use the service as intended when purchased.

    • Tony Stark

      Unfortunately, that little fine print at the bottom of your contract you signed when you bought the phone shows that they are allowed to throttle at their own discretion.

      • Jim Kener

        Policy does not over ride law, CA has a law that all products must be fit for the purpose intended and their can be consequential damages. Since they tout in the adds high speed and 10GB plans a person going by what they say would expect to get that.

  • Verizon sucks

    This is just verizon trying to squeeze more money out of there customers. It’s killing them that the unlimited people keep the same bill every month. They don’t have an opertunity to jack it. I’m sure you’ll get full speed of 10 gigs if that’s what you pay for. This is directed directly at the unlimited customers. Some might not care about us, but they will screw everyone eventually. They already now have plans where you pay monthly for the phone. What? Remember when that was part of the deal? Verizon executives are just filling their pockets. How much do you want to bet that not one congress men’s service will get slowed?

  • John Engle

    The two real changes are: A rate increase and lower speeds.

  • moonwatcher2001

    I’m not a customer, but I *think* this statement meant MegaBITS per second, not MegaBYTES…..”Verizon’s lowest plan, 15 megabytes per second download and 5 megabytes per second upload, will rise to 15-15, and the highest tier, 500-100, will switch to 500-500 in the coming months.”

    • gwtx2

      I’ve yet to see why anyone needs 500Mbps.

  • Sega Rolow

    In English this means. Get ready for the new a$$ shaft and new price hike….
    I am not on Verizon… But I can tell you. Its all about giving you the shaft. And uping your bill.

  • Jennifer P

    Voters need to elect representatives in Washington that will change laws and regulations to support competition in internet and telephony. Right now the laws and regulations favor the largest providers, and the cost to consumers is far higher then it need be. It’s really a shame that the semi-socialist European Union has better, cheaper and faster internet than does the United States.

  • cody

    wish the person who wrote the article knew the difference between bytes and bits.

    The lowest verzion plan is 15megaBITS, also known as Mb’s

    15mega(*Bytes*) is in the range of 105-110 megaBITS.