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Verizon FIOS to top 100Mbps in 2009

updated 10:20 am EST, Fri December 5, 2008

Verizon FIOS 100Mbps

The speeds of Verizon's FIOS fiber-optic Internet access should double in less than a year, the company's technology head Vincent O'Byrne has said at a media event on Thursday. Although the telco has already boosted its service to 50Mbps US-wide just this past June, its plans now have a trial 100Mbps service expanding to an official service sometime in 2009. The increase will be necessary as many services beyond ordinary computer-borne Internet access, such as HDTVs with direct video downloads and network-attached storage drives, will demand a large amount of bandwidth on their own.

"A lot of these different TVs will have inordinate demand on the bandwidth that's required on the network in order to support them," he says.

The added speed will be made possible largely by upgrades to equipment over the past two years, such as the GPON (gigabit passive optical network) nodes that manage the data traffic for neighborhoods as well as a new set of FIOS home routers that increase the in-home network's speed from 75Mbps to 175Mbps, letting home users get the full bandwidth available from future versions.

While the upgrade is justified for additional services, the expansion plans have been made known just as Verizon's rival Comcast is growing its 50Mbps cable service and as a result will all but close the gap with FIOS in those areas where both services are available.



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  1. jaredgibbs

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    Great. Now if only...

    Great news on the speed Verizon! Now if you all could please put it in urban areas that would be awesome. Stop racial profiling your assumed customer base. People of color like high speed too... :-/

  1. vasic

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    Profiling

    I'm not sure what Verizon is doing is racial profiling. They are looking at maximising profits by expanding in areas where penetration is likely to be highest. They determine this by looking at their current ADSL customer base, as well as their landline and/or wireless subscription patterns. These rarely tell them anything about the race of their customers.

    In NYC, Verizon has quickly put FIOS in urban areas (much faster than in suburbia). Keep in mind, it is much cheaper for them to bring fiber optic cabling into a 50-story apartment building with 800 apartments than take it to a 5-mile suburban street with 800 houses.

  1. vasic

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    Profiling

    I'm not sure what Verizon is doing is racial profiling. They are looking at maximising profits by expanding in areas where penetration is likely to be highest. They determine this by looking at their current ADSL customer base, as well as their landline and/or wireless subscription patterns. These rarely tell them anything about the race of their customers.

    In NYC, Verizon has quickly put FIOS in urban areas (much faster than in suburbia). Keep in mind, it is much cheaper for them to bring fiber optic cabling into a 50-story apartment building with 800 apartments than take it to a 5-mile suburban street with 800 houses.

  1. paulc

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    Profiling??

    Actually, there is actual proof of profiling... by TWC. In NYC/Manhattan, at the last rate increase, the basic rate is MORE in northern Manhattan than southern Manhattan. Northern Manhattan not only contains Harlem, but one of the most amazing multi-cultural, multi-ethnic collection of souls. Southern Manhattan is mostly the lilly white financial services folks... where you can find plenty of $26,000/month apartments for rent (Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Tribeca, Sutton place are all in southern Manhattan)...

  1. testudo

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    Re: Profiling

    How does 'profiling' by TWC 'prove' profiling of Verizon?

    And this should more or less show you the stupidity of TWC. You would think you'd hike the rates up in southern manhattan where the people can afford it and not give a c***, and keep the rates lower farther north, to keep as many customers as you can.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Profiling

    How does 'profiling' by TWC 'prove' profiling of Verizon?

    And this should more or less show you the stupidity of TWC (what, a cable company being labelled as 'stupid' - couldn't be!). You would think you'd hike the rates up in southern manhattan where the people can afford it and not give a c***, and keep the rates lower farther north, to keep as many customers as you can.

    Of course, this also could be due to the wonderful affects of competition. If TWC has no competition up north, they are less likely to want to keep prices down then where there is competition for your dollar.

  1. eldarkus

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    profiling...

    I'm sure all of the Verizon execs sit around and think "Lets s**** over the races. It could bring us more money, but we would rather s**** over certain races instead of making a profit."

    I think that was in a vote in the last shareholders meeting

    /sarcasm

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