Verizon offers new FiOS speeds: What do you do with 20 Mbps upstream?

Summary:Verizon on Tuesday announced a new FiOS service that offers 20 megabits per second downloads and uploads.I have no clue what I would do with 20 Mbps upload speeds.

Verizon on Tuesday announced a new FiOS service that offers 20 megabits per second downloads and uploads.

I have no clue what I would do with 20 Mbps upload speeds. I can't even comprehend it given the best I've seen is the 2 Mbps upstream I have now.

Nevertheless, Verizon's news made my ears perk up. I have Verizon FiOS for TV and Internet service (

installation gallery at right) and aside from one reboot of a television box/DVR I've had no incidents. No outages. No headaches. Nothing to complain about. Frankly, it feels odd.

 

Verizon's service is being offered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. It's likely that it'll land in Pennsylvania--my locale--soon.

 

What's notable about the Verizon 20/20 service is that it shows the telecom's giant to basically flip a switch and offer new speeds. If cable rivals upgrade, Verizon can just up the speeds. The fiber is in the ground and to the house. It's a game of partitioning. Verizon has invested heavily in FiOS, but it has a future proof network.

 

The next question is whether the 20/20 service is worth it. The service will run you $64.99 a month. My 15 Mbps/2 Mbps (download/upload) service is $49.99, but gets a slight discount since it's bundled with TV and phone service.

In the meantime, I'll ponder what I'd do with 20 Mbps upstream (since I'll probably get it just to say I have it). According to Verizon, I could upload 200 photos in about 90 seconds and 400 digital photos in less than four minutes. But how often am I going to do that?

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Verizon

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