We know Verizon has plans to increase the speed of its fiber-to-the-premises FiOS internet service to as much as 200Mbps, but that's not expected for a while yet. In the meantime, the company has bumped the speed of its fastest FiOS service from 30Mbps to a cool 50Mbps. The 50Mbps service should allow users to download files at speeds of up to 6.25MB/s—provided they can find a speedy enough server, that is. It also has an upstream speed of 20Mbps, allowing uploads as fast as 2.5MB/s. However, the service is only available in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
Verizon FiOS users in California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington are also getting an upgrade, but "only" to 30Mbps/15Mbps. At those speeds, downloads top out at 3.75MB/s and uploads can hit a maximum of 1.88MB/s. Not as speedy as the 50/20 service, but still fast enough to download a 700MB Linux ISO in just over three minutes.
In addition, Verizon says it's expanding its symmetrical FiOS offers to 13 new states. First available in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the service has now extended to Florida, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Those states get the 20Mbps/20Mbps service, while folks in California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington can now get the 15Mbps/15Mbps service.
Prices range from $64.99 for the symmetrical offers to $89.95-$139.95 for the speedier asymmetrical ones, Verizon says. The fastest offers aren't listed on the company's website yet, but Verizon mentions that existing customers can call up the company to subscribe.