Verizon Taking Orders for 7Mbps DSL
$47.99 a month, 8,000 foot loop length, new customers only...
For the millions of Verizon customers out of range of FiOS, the fastest Verizon residential DSL speed you can get is 3Mbps, unless you want to upgrade to a business-class line. Obviously that's not going to fare well competitively against cable operators in the markets without FiOS.
With that in mind, we've confirmed with Verizon technicians that the company has been taking orders since December for 7.1Mbps downstream, 768kbps upstream DSL. The biggest caveat? This is only being offered to new customers -- at least for the time being.
According to insiders, the loop length for the new tier should be around 8,000 feet, and does require a technician visit. The price for the new tier should be somewhere around $47.99 a month. Officially this tier doesn't exist yet; the only statement we could get from Verizon PR was that they'll be "making an announcement about this at some point." Internally, "early 2008" is as close as it gets for a date when existing customers will be able to upgrade.