Verizon and Comcast both offer faster speeds to customers

By Justin Mann on June 12, 2008, 6:20 PM
Comcast issued a press release earlier today that described their plans to raise many existing cable customers’ upload speeds. A package with 384kbps will feature 1Mbps upload, and a package with 768kbps will feature 2Mbps. These steps follow in the wake of Comcast's controversial tactics regarding limiting what can be done with a connection.

The same day we hear about that, Verizon has announced plans to make much faster DSL service available to their customers as well. Verizon demoed 7mbit DSL to a pool of 400,000 customers earlier in the year, and is now preparing to roll it out to over 3 million. Those customers will have the option of purchasing a 7mbit DSL service, putting the download speed on par with cable connections.

Both of these speed increases come in a time when U.S. ISP s are battling with their customers about what it means to have “unlimited” Internet and just how much bandwidth they are really are paying for.




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thejedislayer said:
What's the point of having high speed if your Internet service provider is going to block you from viewing certain things, or, as they're already doing, at least Comcast, privately blocking torrent downloads.
TimeParadoX said:
[b]Originally posted by thejedislayer:[/b][quote]What's the point of having high speed if your Internet service provider is going to block you from viewing certain things, or, as they're already doing, at least Comcast, privately blocking torrent downloads.[/quote]There is no point in upgrading anything right now, seeing how in 4 years ( 2012 ) every ISP will offer extremely fast connections, such as the ones in Japan / Korea.
Rick said:
[quote][b]Originally posted by thejedislayer:[/b]There is no point in upgrading anything right now, seeing how in 4 years ( 2012 ) every ISP will offer extremely fast connections, such as the ones in Japan / Korea.[/quote]LOL. Yeah, right. So in 4 years these companies are going to overhaul the U.S. communications infrastructure, let alone upgrade the last mile? I'll be back in 4 years to criticize you because that will not happen in 4 years. Fios, for example, has been rolling out for years now and you can count the number of cities its available in on your hands.And why is useless to upgrade NOW? Companies should just give up offering better products because a new, superior one is coming out in 4 years..? If that's the case, the entire computer industry would shut itself down. : I strongly disagree with your thinking.
windmill007 said:
I was gonna upgrade on verizon but I heard they are droping there newsgroups servers. Givith and takith away must be there model.
space_cowboy said:
[b]Originally posted by windmill007:[/b][quote]I was gonna upgrade on verizon but I heard they are droping there newsgroups servers. Givith and takith away must be there model.[/quote]It's almost as bad with Comcast... they limit Newsgroup downloads to 1GB per month. It was unlimited when I had RoadRunner.
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