If you're lucky enough to get Verizon's FiOS service where you live, you're in for a treat. Verizon has announced that, starting next month, it will "more than double" the peak speeds of some of its services and add two new tiers, including one with a blistering 300Mbps downstream speed.
The image below details the changes to the service lineup:
Apologies for the JPEG compression; apparently, the folks at Verizon's PR department haven't yet mastered lossless image formats.
With the 300Mbps tier, you should be able to download files at just under 38MB/s and upload at 8MB/s... provided the remote server is fast enough, of course. As the happy user of a 50Mbps connection with a 5Mbps upstream, I've got to admit I'm a little jealous—but not that jealous. Uber-fast Internet connections can be hard to max out in most scenarios, and beyond large file downloads and uploads, consumer applications are currently a little limited. According to Wikipedia, Blu-ray movies have a peak bit rate of 54Mbps, so even Verizon's mid-tier service would be more than fast enough for live Blu-ray streaming. It's still nice to see Internet access getting faster and faster, though; no doubt applications will come that make use of those insane speeds.
|Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards reviewed||19|
|Thursday Night Shortbread||4|
|Xbone controller for Windows is coming; still isn't wireless||11|
|Apple: With iOS 8, we can't give your data to the government||28|
|Stable of new Kindle tablets includes $99 Android model||44|
|Monitor scaler makers commit to FreeSync hardware||46|
|AOC's new backlight tech saves your eyeballs from harmful wavelengths||44|
|Report: Asus may sue mobo makers over patent infringement||60|
|New footage, previews shed light on Gearbox's Battleborn||13|