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Wednesday July 21, 2004 1:42 pm
Verizon Fios To Bring Ultra Speed Net Access To The US
While countries like Japan and Hong Kong have been kicking the rear end of the United States, many an American has wondered what exactly it is that is holding the US back from the incredible speeds that the Orient is able to give its customers. Well, Verizon is about to change the game with its new Fios internet service. What is it about Fios that makes it any better than Verizon DSL, Comcast, Cox, and all the others? One word: Speed.
Verizon Fios uses fiber optics to transmit information to and from your home, and that makes all the differencce. The service provides unlimited high-speed data access with speeds of up to 30Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream. All Fioss Internet Service packages include:
- High-speed Internet access
- A choice of packages with maximum connection speeds: 5 Mbps/2 Mbps, 15 Mbps/2 Mbps, 30 Mbps/5 Mbps.
- A 4-Port Broadband Router with the choice to upgrade to a 4-Port
- Broadband 802.11g Wireless Router
- MSN Premium Internet Software
- Up to 9 e-mail accounts
- Access to newsgroups
- Personal Web space of 10MB
- 24/7 live technical support
Did you catch that? 30 Mbps down, 5 Mbps up. That is simply unmatched in the US. While no price has been set for that package, the 5 Mbps/2 Mbps and the 15 Mbps/2 Mbps plans do have a pricing structure, and it is a lot lower than you think. A 2mbps to 5mbps Fios connection will cost $35 a month if purchased along with Verizon's local and long-distance phone plan, and $40 per month if purchased on its own. The 15mbps plan is available for $45 a month if purchased as part of the same telephone bundle, or $50 per month individually.
While many expected one of the other internet providers to be the one to take the next large step in this race, Verizon has just jumped ahead of them all. They are the ones bringing us in the United States into the future.
Fios will be launched in Keller, Texas, and later parts of southern California and Florida, the company said Monday.
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