Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Verizon Boosts FiOS to 50 Mbps in More States

Verizon has boosted its FiOS Internet service to speeds of up to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This level of service is now available in parts of five states.

The mid-tier maximum connection speed in those markets was increased from 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream to 20/5 Mbps, and the top-tier service was increased from 30/5 Mbps to 50/5 Mbps. The company plans similar FiOS Internet speed increases this year in some of the 11 other states where the service is available. Specifics will be announced at a later date.

Verizon said that more than 6 million homes and businesses in parts of 16 states are now passed by its all-fiber network, and the company expects its new network to pass about 18 million premises by the end of 2010.

Verizon had 522,000 FiOS Internet customers across 16 states at the end of the third quarter of 2006. The company also delivers its all-digital FiOS TV service over the network in parts of ten states.

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