Is FIOS Fastest Residential Broadband in U.S.?

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Verizon  Communications is blowing past cable’s top broadband speeds with the debut of a FiOS Internet package that delivers 150 Megabits per second downstream and 35 Mbps upstream — although at around $200 per month, it will likely have limited appeal.

The telco said it’s now offering the fastest mass-market broadband service in the U.S., pointing out that the speeds easily top its cable rivals. Previously the fastest FiOS Internet tier was 50 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream.

Cablevision Systems offers a 101-Mbps downstream service, while Time Warner Cable and Comcast are offering 50 Mbps to residential customers. The 35-Mbps upload speed is more than 130% faster than Cablevision’s and Comcast’s and seven times as fast as TWC’s.

Verizon’s key reason for launching 150/35 Mbps FiOS Internet was to establish bragging rights.

“Frankly, we didn’t like that there was someone out there who was faster, when we could easily trump those speeds,” said John Schommer, director of broadband product development for the telco. “So we decided it was the right time to introduce this just to show that we can.”

Verizon is offering the 150/35 service to the majority of the more than 12.5 million homes that the FiOS network passes. In December, Verizon plans to launch a version of the 150/35 service for small business customers; the telco is not announcing pricing for that service.