The hubbub over 100 Mbps Internet from Verizon FiOS got a lot of attention when Vincent O’Byrne, Verizon’sDirector of FTTP Architecture and Design, did a webinar last week. Telephony Online reported that O’Byrne mentioned 100 Mbps was coming in 2009 only to hear later from Verizon that this was not so.
I asked Verizon what was up.
“What (O’Byrne) actually meant was that the engineering and design issues that will allow us to provide those speeds, as well as other capacity options, will be complete in 2009. We have never planned to offer 100 Mbps service next year,” Jon Davies, a FiOS spokesman, e-mailed me back.
“That said, we’re evaluating consumers’ needs for bandwidth and clearly that there will be a demand for that kind of capacity at some point and that’s why we’re doing the groundwork to be able to provide it.”
So FiOS will have the technology to offer 100 Mbps by next year, but it won’t start offering it to customers just yet.
Davies reminds us that FiOS subscribers already can order 50 Mbps service (for $140 to $145/month). That price also gets users an astonishing 20 Mbps upload speed. Then again, many of us here in Orange County still can’t order FiOS even if we beg and plead.
But if you could get 100 Mbps Internet, what would you do with it?
Here are a few ponderings on the topic:
A Man & His 100 Mbps Fiber Connected Life (GigaOm)
What to do with 100mbps connection? (AskMetaFilter)
What will you do with 50-100 Mbps Internet speeds? (Houston Chronicle)
Comcast CEO Roberts Pitches CES on 100 Mbps Cable and Project Infinity (Wired)
100Mbps. 2010. Over The Air. Don’t Be Surprised. (ZD Net)
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