Verizon FiOS to get speed boost to 300 Mbps in June

If you happen to have Verizon FiOS as your broadband Internet provider, you might be very happy after reading this next bit of news. DSLReports.com has posted word, via a Verizon spokesperson, that FiOS customers will soon be able to gain access to a number of new speed package options. That includes a new top download speed of 300 Mbps for its most expensive package.

That new speed package is double what Verizon FiOS currently offers its highest end customers. The new package also includes upload speeds of 65 Mbps compared to 35 Mbps for the current fastest tier. The chart above shows what the new broadband packages will offer FiOS customers when they become available sometime in June. As you can see, with the exception of the lowest speed tier, all of the other packages will get at least a download speed increase. Pricing and stand alone packages have yet to be announced.

While that's good news for current FiOS subscribers, the company has apparently not changed its plans to stop building out its current infrastructure, in terms of adding new cities and towns to FiOS after 2013. At the moment, Verizon serves about 3.8 million customers with its FiOS service in the US.

Source: DSLReports.com | Image via Verizon

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FiOS hass been in my area for over 3 years, but Verizon never wired FiOS down our street, only the main road which is a 30 second walk from my house.

Luckily we have Cablevision's service here, but boy did I wish we could've jumped to FiOS a few years back when CV was having massive issues with its network for 6 months straight (and 2 years in total).

Talked to an engineer and he claimed it couldn't be brought down our street from the same feed that was on the main road. What a shame.

I really want a fiber optic connection, but people in power don't seem to make educated decisions. Whoops, I just referred to most of the organizations here in the states, including the government! *sigh*

Just another reason why I hate my AT&T U-Verse which is all that is available at my house.

Yet again, Verizon is whoopin' dat ass in the data architecture.

you are wrong JHBrown when i had fios i was downloading at 4.2mb a second & uploading around 3.6mb & now i have timewarner & the speed sucks

Warning to to the people drooling over this. This speed is know doubt impressive, but on my street 6 people switched over to FIOS when it became available and only one remains now as a customer. I was told that there customer service sucks and the speed was just not worth the hassle. People on these forums are a minority and the average user would be fine with something like 50/5 that Time Warner offers. Heck most people are fine with 15/2 and only do basic web browsing.

JHBrown said,
Warning to to the people drooling over this. This speed is know doubt impressive, but on my street 6 people switched over to FIOS when it became available and only one remains now as a customer. I was told that there customer service sucks and the speed was just not worth the hassle. People on these forums are a minority and the average user would be fine with something like 50/5 that Time Warner offers. Heck most people are fine with 15/2 and only do basic web browsing.
I can add myself to the list of customer service horror stories.

Last summer, I went on a short vacation to Florida. During that time, Verizon decided that--for the previous year and a half--I had not only not been paying my bill, but that I had never paid it (note: the bill was be automatically paid every single month by my bank using the account number that I was supplied). As the bill was in my name only, it was up to me to fix it, and my roommates had to sit around without internet for four days while I sorted it out (the first they assumed as a fluke, then the asked me to call). After burning literally an hour and a half--while I was standing on the beach--on the phone, it seemed like it was going to be settled by filling out a form, and I got put on "hold," only to be disconnected. Fast forward two or more hours of calling and be disconnected, I finally restored the internet back by creating a new account. All of this while I was on vacation. I ended up with a better tan on one half of my body because of the beach call.

After having my bank send over receipts of my payments, they finally accepted that I had paid (after a month of back and forth with my bank being slow about it too) my bills and left me with the new account and the broken promise of a cheaper monthly rate (in fact, the price just went up two or three months ago for the exact same service).

Even after all of that, I have staid with FiOS. The speeds, and more importantly, the reliability of the service is completely unmatched by cable (and certainly DSL). Not to mention, I have never had a good experience with cable's customer service either. At least FiOS' people show up on the day that they schedule.

Verizon's customer service is atrocious, but cable's isn't any better in my experience and their service is far worse. Even with the above experience, and the rate increase, I am incredibly disappointed to be moving to an area without FiOS. That's both a testament to how good FiOS is, as a service, and how bad cable is.

JHBrown said,
Warning to to the people drooling over this. This speed is know doubt impressive, but on my street 6 people switched over to FIOS when it became available and only one remains now as a customer. I was told that there customer service sucks and the speed was just not worth the hassle. People on these forums are a minority and the average user would be fine with something like 50/5 that Time Warner offers. Heck most people are fine with 15/2 and only do basic web browsing.

I have not had good experiences working with Verizon customer service as well. No one seemed to ever be able to give a straightforward answer and personally I feel they are way over priced. If I have a choice, I prefer to stay away from Verizon.

its not all rainbows and butterflies with Fios. Granted the speed and PQ of hdtv is unmatched(here in NJ anyway). Its a trade off between great service and terrible bills and customer service. If there was a better option for me I would leave Verizon in a heartbeat but sadly the cons are not as important as the Pros with them. So while I'll enjoy this added speed, im sure I will get some sort of price increase letter similar to the one I just got about my multi-room DVR going up in price.

sighs i once had fios 35mb/35mb but do to a new owner taking over i had to move... people with fios you lucky sobs

p.s fios has no monthly caps

That's nice speed, for the people who have this service available in their area! On another note, Apple should sue them, FiOS sounds too much like iOS.

Enron said,
That's nice speed, for the people who have this service available in their area! On another note, Apple should sue them, FiOS sounds too much like iOS.

Apple can F iOS!

Woot. I have Fios. Oh wait... Verizon sold us to Frontier. We haven't had a service or feature update since. Thanks Verizon for screwing us over while you continue to upgrade your services elsewhere.

Does Verizon have limits? At that speed, I'd reach my AT&T's 150GB limit in no time. Or else not, depends what I'm doing I guess.

CM:win

ccoltmanm said,
Does Verizon have limits? At that speed, I'd reach my AT&T's 150GB limit in no time. Or else not, depends what I'm doing I guess.

CM:win

I have FiOS and there is no limit that I know of.

evacc44 said,
I have FiOS and there is no limit that I know of.
Seconded.

Which is really unfortunate because I am about to move to a place without FiOS. It's the only disappointment about the new place!

xbamaris said,
Ugh, Now if only Time Warner Cable would upgrade to fiber optic... I think they would beat the hell out of Verizon.
Time Warner already uses fiber optic! The deference is that they don't run it to your home. They run RG6 from the tap!

JHBrown said,
Time Warner already uses fiber optic! The deference is that they don't run it to your home. They run RG6 from the tap!

Right, I know, I just meant I wish they would run the fiber through the entire process =P

I don't understand why they stopped expanding. There are so many cable/internet monopolies, people are itching to switch providers.

no-sweat said,
I don't understand why they stopped expanding. There are so many cable/internet monopolies, people are itching to switch providers.

Craig Moffett.... stanford berns investment adviors that would not shut up about how "horrible" fiber is to their bottom line if verizon does it.... he whined so much that investors basically forced verizon to stop becuase verizon was "wasteing their money" and basically milk copper DSL for all they can who cares about the future! which caused the CEO who started the FiOS rollout to leave and the current CEO just wants to do nothing but keep monopolies in place by making deals with cable companies to not overbuild networks

he's the fun guy that brought you stories like this http://www.dslreports.com/show...ing-Doom-For-Verizon-109244

no-sweat said,
I don't understand why they stopped expanding. There are so many cable/internet monopolies, people are itching to switch providers.

What I heard was local money-grubbing municipalities with their hands out asking for FAR too much money.