Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

Summary: Verizon on Tuesday said it will roll out 50 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband service with upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps.Needless, to say this national rollout--the 50 Mbps down 20 Mbps up (50/20) service was tested in select areas--got my attention.

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Verizon on Tuesday said it will roll out 50 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband service with upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps.

Needless, to say this national rollout--the 50 Mbps down 20 Mbps up (50/20) service was tested in select areas--got my attention. I'm a Verizon FiOS customer and have no complaints about the speed or uptime. The big question: What will I do with 50 Mbps? Once the "whoo hoo this thing is fast" goes away I have to get down to the details. My rough calculus:

  • I'm not a huge downloader.
  • I don't watch a lot of video online.
  • Aside from bragging rights among we geeks I'm not feeling the ROI.

Enter the costs:

  • I currently have 15 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up at $43.99 (there's a $6 a month promotional credit).
  • The 50/20 plan would run me $139.95 a month (if you live in New York and Virginia it's $89.95).
  • The 20/20 plan is $64.99.

Most likely I'd go for the 20/20 plan, but then the equation comes down to how much I upload. Are photo storage, online backup and file sharing on a VPN worth the extra $20.

It gets complicated pretty quickly.

Also see: The Verizon FiOS installation: The key points

Meanwhile, Verizon says:

Verizon had already offered the 50/20 Mbps and 20/20 Mbps services in its FiOS markets in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.  The company is now expanding those offerings to new Verizon FiOS customers in parts of California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington, replacing existing offerings of 30/15 Mbps and 15/15 Mbps services, respectively.

The mid-tier connection speed in those markets for new customers is being increased from 15/2 Mbps to 20/5 Mbps, and the basic service tier is being increased from 5/2 Mbps to 10/2 Mbps.  Existing FiOS Internet customers who are interested in the new speed options can call Verizon for information about the new plans.

So in a nutshell, I could wind up with an upgrade to 20/5 Mbps if the price is right--or the same. As long as I call Verizon.

My plan as of now is to go with the 20/5 and see if it alters my behavior enough to justify a 50/20 plan. It's easy to be seduced by the 50/20 plan but we all have our own ROIs to consider.

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  • Can you evaluate it?

    If it does seem like you are achieving $100/mn more productivity with the additional speed, I'd say go for it. It comes down to a value issue for me.
    glocks out
    • Well...

      the point is if you do not not download and upload movies and music ALL day - theres no need. 6/.5 is overkill for anyone else as it is.
      ZachE84
  • RE: Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

    Hi: I agree with your article. I live 35 miles Northeast of Los Angeles and Verizon has promised FIOS at 15MBPS, but so far they only have 758KB. I have Time Warner at up to 10 MBPS so I was wondering how you have 15 MBPS at $49.00 per month?

    Where can I get up to 15 MBPS?
    Becker0109
  • The only thing that keeps me on Cable is...

    Verizon's requirement that you use THEIR router. If they would change that, I'd be there in a heartbeat.
    BitTwiddler
    • I agree

      I switched from Comcast to FiOS when I moved last month,
      and while the speed is fantastic (15/2), dealing with the
      actiontec router is a PITA. I have my APExpress hooked up
      to it, and it's been a real pain trying to get the port
      forwarding and port triggering set up for C&C3. (Yes, I
      know, it's just a dumb game, but still ;) ). It has gotten me
      interested in taking the Network + cert course though so
      all that stuff isn't greek to me.
      Gritztastic
    • You sure?

      I have been a FIOS customer in OR for a couple of years now and have never used any of their routers. I used to run the feed directly to my Netgear but now that my house is wired I switched a Cisco ASA. Either way if you know how to set up your own device I don't see why you need to use theirs, I never have.
      aka_smile
  • RE: Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

    BitTwiddler read that link below to use the actiontec as a Moca bridge or get a Motorola NIM 100 on Ebay like I did and I use it with my Linksys router as a Moca bridge.

    http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Verizon_FIOS_setup_with_dd-wrt_as_primary_router
    hrpuffnstuff
  • RE: Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

    Bittwiddler follow that link for tips to use another router for FIOS

    http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Verizon_FIOS_setup_with_dd-wrt_as_primary_router
    hrpuffnstuff
  • RE: Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

    This is a crock! New customers are offered this option but current customers have to "call" Verizon? I presume that is so they can send medical help when they tell their current customers how much it is going to cost them and that they have to sign up for an additional 10 years. Another rip off!!
    dsmith90
  • RE: Verizon FiOS -- Use your own router

    While you need Verizon's ActionTec as the FIOS-equivalent of a cable modem, you can change it so its router functions are disabled, and your router goes behind it to do the actual work (and provide Verizon-proof security).

    Or for that matter, you can stack one router behind the other, so long as they provide different subnets.
    wfranklin20005
  • RE: Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

    I get so jealous when I read about Verizon's FIOS, I have been wanting to get it myself but it isn't available in my area (Victorville, CA) yet and I have no idea when it will be. Right now I am paying over $60 a month for 10Mbps Down and 1Mbps Up through Charter and I never even get the 10Mbps speed. :(
    kms147@...
  • RE: Verizon FiOS goes 50 Mbps across U.S.: Should I upgrade?

    The point of higher bandwidth isn't mass down- or up-loading, but cloud computing and instant access to high quality media. In fact, instant access to anything. It's gonna change your life, dude.
    Alex Gerulaitis
  • No Way, Not Needed

    What sane individual needs that kind of bandwidth?

    The prices are ridiculous and the speed is unnecessary.

    I'm sticking with my lowly DSL. Cost me $27.99 a month for 6/1 MB and they allowed me to open port 25 for my email server.
    rkuhn040172@...