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Comments on news posted 2008-06-18 08:52:31: Verizon e-mailed me this morning to note that the company has now expanded their 50Mbps/20Mbps FiOS tier into their entire footprint. ..

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kes601

join:2007-04-14
Virginia Beach, VA
kudos:2

Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

You missed the information where they will also be bumping all markets up to the same markets.

VA and others will be bumped from 5/2 to 10/2 and 15/2 to 20/5.

kfsutops
Premium
join:2002-08-19
Tampa, FL

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

And when the tiered pricing hits, the limits will be 20 and 50 gig a month.
--
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots"

anon219

@comcast.net

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

Caps on fios? lol..Not anytime soon..there's people on fios that hit 1TB in a month, and not a peep from Verizon.

I wonder what this will do for cable in those markets..Comcast fastest tier is 16/2 ..the 50/5 is still a joke and is STILL limited to Comcast "reasonable network management" as they call it..

Verizon has this in the palm of their hands.

djrobx
Premium
join:2000-05-31
Valencia, CA
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·VOIPO

1 recommendation

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

said by anon219 :

Caps on fios? lol..Not anytime soon..there's people on fios that hit 1TB in a month, and not a peep from Verizon.

I wonder what this will do for cable in those markets..Comcast fastest tier is 16/2 ..the 50/5 is still a joke and is STILL limited to Comcast "reasonable network management" as they call it..

Verizon has this in the palm of their hands.
Verizon's doing a wonderful thing with FIOS, but I can assure you, if Time Warner + Comcast + AT&T collectively switch to metered billing, Verizon won't be far behind. All of that wonderful speed FIOS offers increases the potential for a small percentage of users to use a disproportionally high amount of bandwidth.
Natoma6

join:1999-08-30
Brooklyn, NY
I've uploaded 2.5TB over the past 2 months and downloaded 500GB during that same time. Not a peep.

50mb/20mb tier for $89/mo

FIOS is the shiznit.
quintin3265

join:2008-06-07
State College, PA

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

This is incredible. I don't really care about whether Verizon's connection is 50/20 or 10/2. What matters to me is that they have decent customer service and don't play games with invisible caps. If Verizon is ever available in my area, even if the speeds are slower than Comcast, I will be done with Comcast forever.
Natoma6

join:1999-08-30
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

Yea I absolutely love my connection.

»/archive?zip=&···t=Search

The FIOS archive. I'm currently the 3rd - 5th results. But check out the top one. I want that connection!
quintin3265

join:2008-06-07
State College, PA

1 recommendation

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

To be fair, we can get 35 down/6 up with Comcast Blast! in tests. I also think that Comcast's ping times are better than Verizon's.

Of course, this would be great if Comcast's connection were actually usable, because they'll be disconnecting my service later this month (since we don't know what the cap is). I figure that we should take advantage of the bandwidth while we have it, because I don't want to support Comcast even if the only alternative is dialup.

I sent a scathing letter to Brian Roberts on this subject, and it will be interesting to see if we get a reply.
Natoma6

join:1999-08-30
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

This is, I actually see 50mb/20mb when I use my connection, at any time of the day or night.

Never had an issue. And yea, the lack of caps is amazing.

p.s.: Who is Brian Roberts?
--
--Natoma
quintin3265

join:2008-06-07
State College, PA

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

CEO of Comcast.
fiberguy
My views are my own.
Premium
join:2005-05-20
kudos:3
said by Natoma6:

p.s.: Who is Brian Roberts?
.. someone who people, around here, seem to feel they know personally - and don't. (In order to make them feel important, when they aren't.)
quintin3265

join:2008-06-07
State College, PA

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

Well, that assumes that people would actually WANT to know Roberts personally. From my experience with Comcast and by reading the news, I would not be able to be friends with Comcast executives.

fatmanskinny
Premium
join:2004-01-04
Wandering
You received confirmation that Comcast is booting you because of you using downloading more than they think you should? Damn!
--
The only place where Success comes before Work is in the dictionary.
MrSpock29

join:2008-02-09
Hammonton, NJ
said by quintin3265:

To be fair, we can get 35 down/6 up with Comcast Blast! in tests. I also think that Comcast's ping times are better than Verizon's.

Of course, this would be great if Comcast's connection were actually usable, because they'll be disconnecting my service later this month (since we don't know what the cap is). I figure that we should take advantage of the bandwidth while we have it, because I don't want to support Comcast even if the only alternative is dialup.

I sent a scathing letter to Brian Roberts on this subject, and it will be interesting to see if we get a reply.
I haven't sent my letter to them yet, but I do have complaints on file with the various regulatory authorities. The cocky rep dared me to sue, so I did that instead. Ironically, my high downloads that one month was because of a problem on THEIR end, but Mr. Eliason said it didn't matter to them.

kamm

join:2001-02-14
Brooklyn, NY
said by Natoma6:

Yea I absolutely love my connection.

»/archive?zip=&···t=Search

The FIOS archive. I'm currently the 3rd - 5th results. But check out the top one. I want that connection!
Where are you in Brooklyn?
--
Natoma6

join:1999-08-30
Brooklyn, NY

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

Fort Greene

watice

@verizon.net
Well it'll probably go something like this..

I call TWC in NYC to tell them I'm switching over to a FIOS 50/20 plan sometime in November... They offer me their 100mbit plan for cheaper than normal rates.. I accept. The consumer wins.
UncleDirtNap

join:2006-08-26
Pittsburgh, PA
"Caps on fios? lol..Not anytime soon."

Really, the caps are being put in place by the cable companies due to the bandwidth hogs that bring their networks to a crawl every evening during peak times...

With all the room in their pipe Verizon isn't anywhere close to seeing similar problem and won't be for the foreseeable future.

tp0d
yabbazooie
Premium
join:2001-02-13
Carnegie, PA
kudos:5

1 edit
sweeeeeeeeeeet

I knew getting 5/2 would pay off. Though I`ve been happy with the speeds, the 10/2 is warmly welcomed.

Now, I just wonder how long the rollout will take.. heh..

limits? caps you mean? I would think they would cap upload first, I havent seen anything with mine maxed for almost a month now. I`ll have to get into the logs to see how many gigs, but at 220k, that can add up.

-j

grydlok

join:2004-01-06
Richmond, VA

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

I knew it to that why after my contract was up I switched to 5/2 from 15/2. Now I will be going back to 10/2.

cdru
Go Colts
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-14
Fort Wayne, IN
kudos:7

Re: Other Speeds Bumped Up As Well

I'm on 15/2 currently but with the rise in energy and gas prices, have been thinking of going to 5/2 to trim a little fat from the monthly bills. The upgrade of the 5/2 package to 10/2 seals the deal for me.

Rick
Premium,MVM
join:2001-02-06
Waterbury, CT

Very nice...

Broadband the way it's intended.

My only critique would be why such a price difference between the markets?
89/mo. to 139.00 seems a bit unfair to those outside the 89/mo. markets.

The 65/mo. 20/20 tier is a nice deal however and they're definitely firing some warning shots over the cable co's bow.

If the cable co's needed any wake up call to spur on their docsis 3.0 rollouts..this is it. While still only available in a part of their territory..Verizon really has the right idea here with fios and the competition is going to be fierce.

And, to Verizon and their Execs..I'd like to extend a warm welcome for you to cross those NY and Mass. lines and come rolling right on into the great state of Ct.

This state really needs a telco with vision.
--
The Coyote captured the RR! Roadrunner Rick is now Comcastic!

mod_wastrel
iamwhatiam

join:2008-03-28
kudos:1

Re: Very nice...

said by Rick:

My only critique would be why such a price difference between the markets? 89/mo. to 139.00...
My best guess is that they want to compete on price with Comcast's 50mbps service (still only in testing) at $150, but maybe they want to compare the uptake between $140 and $90 to see how big the drop-off is.

What they're still missing, though, is an economy tier for $15 for people who just want to get off dial-up and don't really care about ludicrous speed; they'd lose very few "broadband" customers to such a tier, and those that did get it would likely upgrade to something faster after a short while--it would be another marketing tool (as in, "Just checking email and paying bills online? We care about you, too!").

Jodokast96
Stupid people really piss me off.
Premium
join:2005-11-23
Erial, NJ
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Verizon Online DSL

Re: Very nice...

said by mod_wastrel:

What they're still missing, though, is an economy tier for $15 for people who just want to get off dial-up and don't really care about ludicrous speed; they'd lose very few "broadband" customers to such a tier, and those that did get it would likely upgrade to something faster after a short while--it would be another marketing tool (as in, "Just checking email and paying bills online? We care about you, too!").
True, but how long was it before you saw anything like that with DSL? They only rolled out a $15 tier about 2 years ago. Besides, there aren't any areas that FIOS is being deployed that don't already have a lower priced DSL option anyway, so the point is moot. If they ever start deploying it in areas where that isn't the case, I'm sure you will see a low priced tier, though I'll guess $20-$30 will be more likely.

mod_wastrel
iamwhatiam

join:2008-03-28
kudos:1

Re: Very nice...

My sister lives in such an area: they offered the $14.95 DSL but she couldn't get it; the CO supported DSL but they were all "sold out"; she tried for more than a year to get DSL, from the time they started marketing it (but since FiOS was planned for the area, they wouldn't sell it); now she can get FiOS, if she wants to, but they don't have anything cheap enough for her to afford, plus she doesn't use the Internet for much more than email and bill paying. The point is definitely not moot for her. Verizon would not lose much by offering a slow, cheap FiOS connection, 'cause there are a bunch of existing Verizon phone customers who are not going to spend more than $20 for Internet service as opposed to sticking with their $10 dial-up; a lot more people don't need/want super-fast speed than those who do--it's just not worth it to them (and you won't see most of them here at BBR). Verizon FiOS has nothing yet to attract these customers away from dial-up.

Jodokast96
Stupid people really piss me off.
Premium
join:2005-11-23
Erial, NJ
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Verizon Online DSL

Re: Very nice...

And is mostly a rare occurance. Like I said, in time, you will see a low-priced tier. But for now, FIOS's big push is the speeds, and a low-speed low-priced tier would conflict with that. Sadly, they are in business to make money, not make everyone happy. As to your sister, has she looked into cable? I don't know about other providers, but Comcast does offer an un-promoted, un-advertised, and mostly unmentioned Lite plan of 768, though I think the price is about $30/month.

mod_wastrel
iamwhatiam

join:2008-03-28
kudos:1

Re: Very nice...

It's not that rare from what I've heard (the trying to get it but can't part); the "I've got dial-up and don't want to spend $30 or more on Internet access" customer isn't rare at all. She's looked at Comcast: the economy "double-play" ($50)--still more than she wants to spend. In time, maybe; but she's been stuck like this for close to 2 years. As it is, Verizon is not selling subscriptions to people who just aren't interested in what they do offer, and there are a lot more of them than there are of those who are interested in 20/20 or even 10/2. Internet access just isn't that important to a LARGE segment of the population--$20 or less is all they care about. Too many people who spend their time living and breathing broadband just don't get that; I work in IT, and I run into it all the time. But then I've always been willing to spend whatever it costs to get broadband--it saved me time (and, time is money).

floridaguy

@cox.net

Re: Very nice...

I respect what you are trying to convey..... but unless you have some statistics to back it up I'd have to say Verizon has properly invested a tad more time and money into their market analysis.

mod_wastrel
iamwhatiam

join:2008-03-28
kudos:1

Re: Very nice...

I think Verizon's market analysis told them they'd have a few takers for their $15 DSL. Instead, they got a flood of new subscribers--too many for them to even handle adequately. I think their only analysis for FiOS subscriptions is a cost/benefit analysis: they figure right now that the only acceptable return on investment for each subscriber is at least $40. The thing is, they also say they're going to drop support for copper, leaving only FiOS connections even if all you have is phone service (though they don't really say when they'll reach this stage). At this point, $15 vs. $0 might sound like a good return on investment--something is better than nothing. What they're betting is that the triple-play (or at least the double-play) will bring in everyone eventually. I think it's a mistake--a financial mistake--to ignore a large portion of your potential subscriber base in the hopes of forcing a larger return. Nobody who really wants broadband is going to go for a 768/128 connection; nobody who doesn't really care about the speed of their Internet connection versus the money in their pocket is going to go for $40 Internet, or even $30--most people's lives do not revolve around Internet access; and a lot of people are satisfied with OTA TV and a trip to the video store, or Netflix. Having no economy tier is losing Verizon potential subscribers and potential revenue. The first rule of marketing is still "make 'em a customer first, then sell 'em more stuff".

NOCMan
MacChatter
Premium
join:2004-09-30
Colorado Springs, CO
Verizon price jacks customers in markets cable is not trying to raise speeds in. DFW would be one of those markets.

88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
said by Rick:

Broadband the way it's intended.

My only critique would be why such a price difference between the markets?
89/mo. to 139.00 seems a bit unfair to those outside the 89/mo. markets.
the poor saps in the boonies that can only get satelite internet have to pay $190 for 3Mbps/300kbps and have a 500 MB daily cap.

Dogfather
Premium
join:2007-12-26
Laguna Hills, CA

Looking forward to it next week

50Mb/20Mb will be sweet.
mjwise

join:2007-05-09
Ann Arbor, MI

1 recommendation

Now that's funny...

Verizon's lowest FIOS tier is now faster (10/2) than AT&T's highest U-Verse tier (10/1.5).

•••
ossito16

join:2004-07-31
Whiting, IN

bundle pricing or solo

$140 for Internet only? Do I get some tv or phone usage from that? I pay $45 monthly (for 5mbps/768kbps) and think that is too much. Other than being able to run my own neighborhood hotspot to subsidize costs, how can I take advantage of that kind of bandwidth?

•••

CUBS_FAN
Next Year Again..

join:2005-04-28
Chicago, IL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·AT&T U-Verse
·magicjack.com
·Comcast
·Vonage

Verizon who?

Any kind of residential services from Verizon is a figment of my imagination. I have no clue where Verizon's footprint begins around the Chicagoland area. Does anyone know?... Anyone?...Anyone?... Bueller?...Bueller?

•••••

trent7

join:2005-11-28
Philadelphia, PA

Comcast reaction?!

Hopefully we'll see a reaction from Comcast. Maybe bump up the upload speed a bit on the Blast tier.

I believe that Blast (16/2) is in the same price range as FIOS 15/2 which now became 20/5. It would be nice if Comcast tries to narrow down the gap a bit on the upload front.

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Madtown
Premium
join:2008-04-26
Madera, CA

Small towns.

I don't think I'll ever get Verizon because of where I live, so who knows???!!!??? Madera just won't get it, but I could be wrong.

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Mahalo

join:2000-12-20
united state
kudos:1

And you get pizza with that service...

I notice that image was a pizza box. Do they have a menu posted online as well?
eric87m

join:2003-12-07
Atlanta, GA

2 edits

cheapers

I want my 20/5 boosted...
DoctorBit

join:2007-12-29
Culver City, CA

Schadenfreude

I'll bet the MPAA and RIAA will love this! Heh heh. With the 20/20 tier and bit torrent, one could fill up an entire 1 TB hard drive in six days and seed to 200% in another six. That's about 3000 hours of movies, TV shows, etc...

Seriously, I'll bet the hard drive manufacturing companies will see revenues up big time.
patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1

Re: Schadenfreude

said by DoctorBit:

Seriously, I'll bet the hard drive manufacturing companies will see revenues up big time.
They already have their hands full making HDs for the NSA to store everything you do.

spewak
R.I.P Dadkins
Premium
join:2001-08-07
Elk Grove, CA
kudos:1

20/20

I'll tell you fellas, I have the 20/20 package from Surewest and it pretty much ROCKKKKKKS!
--
The weekend is here, grab a can of beer!

NOCMan
MacChatter
Premium
join:2004-09-30
Colorado Springs, CO

Re: 20/20

I have FIOS 15/15 and if it's a free bump so be it. Otherwise I'm happy where I am. I get better WAN connections to work than I do on the LAN at work .

borv
Onemhz On Aim

join:2000-10-06
Astoria, NY

availability in NYC?

Has anyone heard when we will be getting FIOS in NYC?
Any estimates? Any verizon rep I speak to has no such information...
Natoma6

join:1999-08-30
Brooklyn, NY

Re: availability in NYC?

FIOS is available in NYC in spots. I've got it already, 50mb/20mb connection for $89 since April.

It's damn sweet. Over the past 2 months or so I've uploaded around 2.5TB and downloaded about 500GB.

It's great.

kamm

join:2001-02-14
Brooklyn, NY

Re: availability in NYC?

said by Natoma6:

FIOS is available in NYC in spots. I've got it already, 50mb/20mb connection for $89 since April.

It's damn sweet. Over the past 2 months or so I've uploaded around 2.5TB and downloaded about 500GB.

It's great.
Where are you located in Brooklyn?
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zenafu

join:2007-06-12
Brooklyn, NY

The forgotten ones...

As a Verizon DSL customer living in a non-FiOs-capable neighborhood, every time I read stories about great improvements in speeds to FiOs subscribers my eyes bulge out of their sockets; my blood boils then shoots out of my ears and a little bit of my soul dies. I even tried in vein to get the measly 7.1 "upgrade" and was told, "sorry, not available in your area", which I heard as, "sorry, you're sh!t out of luck and will dwell in the land of 3megs down for all eternity! HaHa!" Well, it's great that all the FiOs subscribers will no doubt enjoy their new speedier connections but I just wanna say, @#$#%@#$%;;#@$%.
quintin3265

join:2008-06-07
State College, PA

2 edits

Re: The forgotten ones...

You're not forgotten. Most DSL doesn't offer any caps, while many cable companies do. You could be one of the many people who don't have access to DSL, which would be much worse.

If I could switch from Comcast to DSL, I would call them immediately.
lvlorpheus

join:2008-02-17
Springdale, AR
Even worse you could be like me and only be able to get unlimited EV-DO from Alltel. And be worried that when Verizon buys them you may be forced to 5 GB a month and $500 every gig over. I kind of feel like you do when I hear people upset because they already have DSL or cable. " @#$#%@#$%;;#@$%. "

jimbo48

join:2000-11-17
Hayward, CA

Verizon FIOS-A pipedream

This is great news to those who are fortunate to have a choice of Verizon over Comcast. I can't even imagine the internet speeds being thrown around with VZ FIOS offerings. For internet service in my area of the SF Bay, we have the smokin'' hot COVAD of 1.5/384 Copper DSL (if you are lucky), Comcast offers their "premium" 6.0/768(remember no guarantees)with POWERBOOST. AT&T is not even on the Radar with a U-Verse offering and serves up the same anemic 1.5/384 as their top tier DSL service-woo hoo hold me back. Goes to show what the absence of good healthy competition or lack of will do to the market and the choice for the consumer.I know that I should feel lucky as there are still states that don't even offer 1.5/384. SAd that I can go to a sleepy little town in Oregon and get the same DSL service(or better) as I can here in the SF Bay.
Lord_Black

join:2006-07-08
Walnut, CA

Just in time

Verizon is supposedly rolling out FIOS to my area this summer so I guess we get to take advantage of this from the get-go. FIOS can not get here any sooner as the crappy DSL at 1.5 mbps downstream is not cutting it. The alternative, Charter, has faster speeds, but were way to fee hike happy. Then again all the major ISPs probably are.
OOLied

join:2008-06-18
USA

As soon as FIOS gets here

it's bye-bye OOL, whether Docsis 3 or is here or not.
Just tired of OOLs broken BOOST pricing promises.

•••

ace111170

join:2000-09-15
Brunswick, OH

a little OT..

Damn..20/20..

Can anyone in the know tell me if there is any hope of FIOS coming to N.E. Ohio? Zip code 44212 ?

Verizon is my current Telco.

Thank you in advance...
budice

join:2006-10-18
Huntington Beach, CA

Lower tiers now much more attractive.

Certainly happy to see 50Mb roll along, but I think the 20/20 and 20/5 are certainly good for the money. Wouldn't mind seeing the 10/2 be bumped to 10/5, but even 10/2 is ok.

I appreciate the primary focus is on the Internet link itself. Unlike Comcast and others which try to push their online services and other stuff, on top of the link, as a way to generate revenue. I almost think its because Verizon is behind the times on this thinking, but I don't mind.

Billing seems to be getting its act together, newer revs of their online account stuff is a good start.

David_
La vida es bella

join:2001-01-28
chile

I wish I could get Verizon!!!

Verizon FIOS puts my 1mbps cable line to shame.... my 1mbps/550kbps cable line looks like dialup , but at least it`s cheap and unlimited (no caps).

Hopefully in about 2 or 3 years I`ll be enjoying those speeds in Chile.