Verizon Goes Nuts With Internet Speeds: FiOS Quantum Launches

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News Posted: Mon, Jun 18 2012 1:11 AM
Rarely do we hear the words "insane" and "internet" in the same headline, but that's what happening this evening. Verizon has just introduced "insane" new Internet speeds in FiOS service areas, and honestly, they're hard to read if you aren't in one of those locales. Verizon residential consumers can now order the company's fastest-ever FiOS Internet service, and while you'll find a host of double-play and triple-play bundles, stand-alone high-speed services are available, too.

The new FiOS Internet tiers containing the highest speeds are named FiOS Quantum and feature upload/download speeds of 50/25, 75/35, 150/65 and 300/65 megabits per second (Mbps). Three of those speeds -- 75/35, 150/65 and 300/65 -- are twice as fast as those previously offered. In addition, Verizon will continue to offer its entry-level speed of 15/5 Mbps. The two highest downstream speed offers – 150 and 300 Mbps – and the new 65 Mbps upstream speed are by a wide margin the nation's fastest, mass scale residential Internet speeds available. By contrast, the fastest Internet speeds offered by cable-company challengers top out at 105 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream.


Existing FiOS customers can upgrade to the new bundles and enjoy the faster speeds anytime, with no upgrade fee. For new customers, prices of triple-play bundles of 15/5 Mbps FiOS Internet, FiOS TV and FiOS Digital Voice unlimited calling will range from $99.99 to $144.99 per month, depending upon which FiOS TV package is ordered. The packages are: Prime, with more than 200 channels and more than 50 HD channels; Extreme, with more than 290 channels and more than 70 HD channels; and Ultimate, with more than 380 channels plus premium movie channels, and more than 110 HD channels). Double-play bundles of the 15/5 Mbps FiOS Internet and FiOS TV range from $84.99 to $129.99 per month. Stand-alone 15/5 Mbps service costs $69.99 per month on a month-to-month basis, and $64.99 per month with a two-year contract. Triple-play bundles of the 50/25 Mbps speed range from $109.99 to $149.99 per month for new customers. Double-play bundles with FiOS TV range from $94.99 to $134.99 per month. The stand-alone version costs $79.99 per month on a month-to-month basis, and $74.99 with a two-year contract. Triple-play bundles of the new 75/35 Mbps speed range from $114.99 to $154.99 per month for new subscribers. Double-play bundles with FiOS TV range from $99.99 to $139.99 per month. The stand-alone costs $89.99 per month on a month-to-month basis, and $84.99 with a two-year contract. Triple-play bundles of 150/65 Mbps speed range from $169.99 to $174.99 per month for new FiOS customers. Double-play bundles with FiOS TV range from $154.99 to $159.99 per month. The stand-alone costs $99.99 per month on a month-to-month basis, and $94.99 with a two-year contract. The new 300/65 Mbps tier, offered as a stand-alone only, costs $209.99 per month on a month-to-month basis, and $204.99 with a two-year contract.

Honestly, that's pretty impressive; we've seen "business-class" services cost more than that and offer far less speed. So, Verizon, how about running FiOS to every neighborhood in America? (We can dream!)

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Joel H replied on Mon, Jun 18 2012 10:47 AM

I'd be a lot more impressed if Verizon was still building out capacity to *anywhere.* FiOS is great if you can get it, but if you can't, you're SOL.

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Atticus14 replied on Mon, Jun 18 2012 11:01 AM

From what I understand Verizon would like to build out their Fios but its covered in so much "red tape" that they cant just go out and do it. Other companies have their local monopolies and "influence" the cities leaders to make it near impossible to introduce new services.

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lipe123 replied on Mon, Jun 18 2012 12:40 PM

Meh our cable company goes up to 250 mbit and has been doing so since early this year. (http://www.shaw.ca/Internet/Packages/)

Just sucks that in Canada upload speed is totally non existent.

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