updated 01:10 pm EDT, Mon July 20, 2009
Qwest 40Mbps Internet
Confirming earlier reports, Qwest has introduced 40Mbps Internet service, nominally doubling the company's peak download speeds using VDSL2. Plans are designed around residences and small businesses, and come in two tiers. For the first 12 months, and only in tandem with a phone package, customers can pay $100 a month for an option with 5Mbps uploads. A $110 tier boosts uploads to as high as 20Mbps.
Those already subscribed to 7, 12 or 20Mbps plans can upgrade to 5Mbps uploads for an introductory rate of $5 extra. Deployment of upgraded services is currently limited to select major cities, such as Denver, Tuscon, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis, but should see expansion "in coming months," according to Qwest. At least 23 more regions are set to be added, including cities within Utah, Oregon, Washington and New Mexico.
The 40Mbps tiers should eventually compete with Comcast's 50Mbps plans, and Verizon's FiOS, which has long had a 50Mbps tier.