Verizon: Internet Will 'Change Forever' On Monday

The company had previously announced it would begin offering Internet service with a maximum download speed of 300 megabits per second this month.

A video uploaded to Verizon's Youtube account Friday promised the Internet will "change forever" Monday but does not specify how, leading to speculation about changes in service for company.

Verizon, which has its wireless headquarters in Basking Ridge, announced last month that their FiOS brand would begin offering a new 300 megabits per second (Mbps) service, which is twice the speed of their current fastest option.

A second video uploaded Friday features FiOS Internet Director John Schommer discussing the forthcoming 300 Mbps option, which will also include a maximum upload speed of 65 Mbps.

Technology news website The Verge reported the new service will cost $204.99 per month. The 15 Mbps service, which most customers use, will see a $10 per month price increase, according to the report.

When Verizon began offering FiOS Internet in 2004, the fastest speed available was 30 Mbps.

"No one had an idea how anyone could use that kind of bandwidth," Schommer said in the video.

Schommer said the increase in devices streaming data in the average home warrants higher speed Internet connections.

David Steketee June 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM
$10 per month increase for the lowest plan? Ridiculous.
Mike June 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Maybe 300mbps between you and Verizon, but the speed is limited by the slowest segement between you and whatever Internet resources you are accessing. Kinda like buying a Porsche to sit on 287 during rush hour. It might make sense for commercial or education customers where dozens or hundreds are "sharing the pipe," but it's a waste for residential.
Hester B Wharton June 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
All subscribers need to aware of this increase, so read on and be sure you are subscribed to the most appropriate plan for your usage.
BucaBuddy99 June 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Clearly this is not geared towards individuals as hardly any I know can afford an extra $205/month just to get information a fraction of a second faster. You are correct Mike in stating that every access point is limited by the slowest connection. This could be the router in your house, the shared WiFi spot at Starbucks or even the PC or Mac you're using. Don't get caught in the hype of faster access means a better experience. What we all need is ubiquitous access without having to spend another $50/month (or more if you go over) on your tethered smartphone or aircard. If this were the case, we could truly be free and productivity at all levels of life (i.e. work and home life) would soar! See you in the future.
ray albertsen June 22, 2012 at 01:49 AM
ill be changing over to cablevision now for 79.95
Mike H June 22, 2012 at 02:16 AM
thank you, verizon! now the true power of my IBM Personal System/2 Model 55 SX can be unleased. yowsa!
Mikey June 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM
A smokescreen to cover the actual news - a 20% increase in the basic internet charge and a 100% increase in the length of the contract. How can these costs keep going up when everything required to provide the service keeps getting cheaper? GREED!
Mike June 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
@Mikey: This is capitalism and the free market at work. You are free to get your Internet service at the public library, from Cablevision, HughesNet, or dial-up. Buy Verizon stock and use the profits to offset the increased fees.
Curt Carnes June 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Mikey -- Mike is right. Vote with your dollars and leave.
EL Diablo July 19, 2012 at 02:37 AM
fios internet service is not available in hopatcong,plus verizon is an evil greedy middle class hateing entity,sitting up in their ivory tower counting their scheckels,and then crying poor .
tomb August 08, 2012 at 01:30 PM


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