Verizon expands 7Mbps DSL to compete with cable

By Justin Mann on November 3, 2008, 6:28 PM
Shortly after Comcast announced plans to incorporate DOCSIS 3.0 with speeds approaching 50Mbps and higher, Verizon is seeking to retain their DSL customers with faster speeds as well. Verizon will be expanding their fastest-tier DSL service, making it available to around 6.6 million people, significantly more than the less than 1 million it was available to prior.

The increased DSL speeds will go as high as 7mbps, and apparently is only being targeted in areas where FIOS isn't available. Those speeds still fall short of most cable offerings.

From a global perspective, even these speeds are rather unimpressive. The U.S. is still ranked fairly low for average broadband speeds worldwide along with Internet propagation. The size and layout of the U.S. makes broadband for everyone hard to accomplish however, so the stats looked at as absolute numbers only paint one side of the picture.

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TimeParadoX said:
I can't wait until we get speeds that are like South Korea or Japan, but then again... when we do get to that speed, Japan will have like 50gig/s.
Julio said:
Hey, I'm struggling here to get a decent 1.5mbps connection at over $100 a month. While in the US, I was more than glad to have a speedy 5 mbps connection for half that price.
Acclamator said:
Well I pay $35 for my AT&T (A)DSL 6Mbps/768Kbps, in my area this is the second fastest. Obviously Roadrunner cable beats it but then again why would I want to pay $6000000 for it.
DarkCobra said:
I'm just north of San Francisco and there's like ZERO Verizon "FIOS" out here at all. Comcast is the best you can get out here which ain't bad . . . but I'd love to have the "FIOS" system but I don't think that's going to happen any time soon.
ddg4005 said:
I'm currently subscribed to the 7mbps plan and it's pretty good. Not as fast as Optimum Online or Roadrunner but it's not as expensive as those services either.Since half the Bronx is currently able to get Fios my hope is that Verizon will wire my neighborhood next year (I'm on the west side; the east side is mostly wired up).
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