Verizon Seeing 20/20
So far, 5 Mbit/s has been the maximum upload speed available, so now you can rush out and get that HD camcorder you've been drooling over. (See Verizon Offers 20 Mbit/s Uploads.)
The service is available starting today in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Verizon plans to offer it in the rest of its states soon and is also planning a small business offering.
"FiOS customers don't have to wait for a new technology standard that's years away to fully participate in today's interactive Web," said Susan Retta, VP of Broadband Solutions for Verizon in a company-issued statement.
The remark likely was a shot at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), which has maintained that it will be able to offer similar performance on its FTTN network through advances in compression technologies and standards such as MPEG-4 video formats.
Verizon's announcement represents a possible answer to some of the chatter here at the Telco TV conference in Atlanta. Among the topics being discussed are the telecommuting options made possible by advances in FTTH deployments.
Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council , said this morning that his research shows that 13.4 percent of FTTH customers currently work from home an average of 7.3 days more per month because of their FTTH connection. (See Fun With FTTH Data .)
In addition to increased upload speeds, Verizon is offering subscribers to the service one gigabyte of network-based backup with upgrades up to 50 gigabytes available for additional charges.
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading