Verizon to raise FiOS speeds, offer 300Mbps service

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.

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