Verizon is preparing to allow FiOS subscribers to pick from new Internet packages, one of which allows download speeds up to 300Mbps (65Mbps upload speed) The entry level 15Mbps (5Mbps upload speed) remains unchanged from previous offering, but speeds get higher for every subsequent tier. Users will also choose from 50Mbps (25Mbps upload), 75Mbps (35Mbps upload), and 150Mbps (65Mbps upload).
The higher speeds are intended to meet demands as consumers gravitate towards video streaming services and others that require a high bandwidth for optimal use. The company also points to the growing number of Internet connections per household, and the tendency for more than one Internet connection to be in use at once.
Verizon notes that their entry level 15/5 package will still work for customers who have only a couple of connections, while the middle road 75/35 package may better suit customers who like to stream HD movies and play online video games. For those with lots of connections—i.e. five or more—the 150/65 and 300/65 packages are recommended.
In a statement, Verizon Chief Marketing Officer Mike Ritter pointed to the superiority of the new FiOS speeds. “Our top FiOS speed will be twice as fast as anything America has ever seen.” He goes on to note that high-speed Internet now serves more than just the tech savvy, and the convenience that higher speeds offer to customers who stream video in peak-usage hours.
Usenet users are among the most tech savvy. The high speeds allow faster access to Usenet, as well as other material accessed over the Internet. Usenet predates the World Wide Web, and users have seen tremendous change in connection speed through the years. The latest advancement represents another step in the ever-increasing connection speed offered by ISPs.