Verizon FiOS is already pretty beastly, maxing out at 150Mbps download/35Mbps upload speeds. But because the red god of internet is feeling generous, apparently, it's basically doubling that next month, with a new top end of 300/65Mbps. That is totally insane and unnecessary and wonderful.
The other new tiers shake out to 50/25, 150/65, and 75/35Mbps. All of which trump most cable connections, as well as LTE, which spikes up around 30Mbps on its very, very good days.
Are the new connections necessary upgrades, or just extraneous fluff? Well, here's how Verizon's press release explains it:
With a 300 Mbps speed, consumers can download a two-hour, standard-definition movie (1.5 gigabytes) in less than 40 seconds; and a two-hour, high-definition movie (5 GB) in 2.2 minutes. On a 150 Mbps connection, the same two-hour, SD movie can be downloaded in less than 80 seconds, and the two-hour, HD movie in less than four-and-a-half minutes.
So it's a matter of degrees. But just huffing, "Oh, pfft, 40 fewer seconds!" kind of misses the point. The top-top end sees incremental benefits, but it drags the rest of us along for exponentially better experiences. And also? 5GB in 132 seconds sounds amaaaazzzzing. [PR Newswire]