Verizon FiOS default speed now 50Mbps—double FCC’s broadband definition

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(credit: bluepoint951 ) Despite claiming that the government’s definition of “broadband” shouldn’t have been increased to 25Mbps,Verizon is now phasing out its 25Mbps fiber service and making 50Mbps the default minimum. A year ago, the Federal Communications Commission voted to boost the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream/1Mbps upstream to 25Mbps/3Mbps. The definition affects policy decisions and the FCC’s annual assessment of whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans quickly enough. Verizon unsuccessfully lobbied the FCC to keep the old definition, saying that “a higher benchmark would serve no purpose in accurately assessing the availability of broadband.” Verizon still offers speeds as low as 512kbps downloads and 384kbps uploads  in areas where it hasn’t upgraded copper DSL lines to fiber. Verizon DSL goes up to 15Mbps/1Mbps, if you’re close enough to Verizon Internet facilities. Mayors in 14 East Coast cities including New York City  recently criticized Verizon for leaving many customers with copper only. Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Verizon FiOS default speed now 50Mbps—double FCC’s broadband definition

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