Verizon gives its FiOS customers a big (and free!) speed boost

Internet service providers are generally companies that most of us try to think about as little as possible, since they're almost all terrible. But every now and then, ISPs surprise us with little niceties that - oh so briefly - make us forget that they're intent on bending us over and spanking us until we hand over all our cash.

Today, it's Verizon's turn to give its customers a little treat, with a free speed boost on the way for its FiOS users.

The upgrades don't affect downstream speeds, but they do affect uploads in a big way. FiOS customers will soon be getting upstream speeds up to five times faster than the current rates. Those on the 500Mbps tier will see the biggest boost - their upload speeds will jump from 100Mbps to 500Mbps. Even the entry-level tier gets a decent increase, though, with its upstream speeds tripling from 5Mbps to 15Mbps. 

The upgrades are beginning to roll out immediately, so you can look forward to getting all that extra speedy goodness soon. 

Source: Verizon via BGR

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My Comcast got a nice free increase 3X faster download and twice as fast upload but still not what it really should be for upload I think. Upload to me is the more important need to help balance gaming latency.

I am actually satisfied with AT&T. They aren't that bad in my area, but I know that I can get better service with Google Fiber and FiOS and I'm hoping they'll be available in my area soon.

I am going to call them tomorrow see if I can get their service instead of Comcast. Going to cancel my Comcast.

Krome said,
I am going to call them tomorrow see if I can get their service instead of Comcast. Going to cancel my Comcast.

Good luck.

I got an Ethernet install instead of the coaxial install they normally give. I can use my own router. ONT--Ethernet---Asus AC66U--Switch

I got TV with them so they said it wasn't possible. If I bridged my own router, it would have killed On-Demand, Guide, DVR, etc.

Too bad when I had the FIOS 75/35 tier I couldn't even watch simple YouTube videos without constant buffering and complete video freezes. Dealt with it for 3/4 of my contract and finally broke it to switch back to Comcast. Despite Verizon claiming everything from it being all the equipment in my house (complete BS), never heard of anyone else with the issue (complaints all over forums and FB), or that it affected all users of YouTube (wait what???), everything was magically back to normal with Xfinity. Sure Comcast has other issues but my internet access was always less troublesome.

Youtube uses "Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP" or AKA "DASH". This causes all kinds of buffering problems for me on a 100/10 connection. IF you use a Chrome Extension to disable it, buffering happens for the whole video right away. Otherwise it buffers parts, then stops, then buffers parts, and stops, over and over.. It is typically not a ISP issue.

xendrome said,
Youtube uses "Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP" or AKA "DASH". This causes all kinds of buffering problems for me on a 100/10 connection. IF you use a Chrome Extension to disable it, buffering happens for the whole video right away. Otherwise it buffers parts, then stops, then buffers parts, and stops, over and over.. It is typically not a ISP issue.

More of this has to do with the ISP and how it's adjusting external network DASH traffic. So behind the border router if the ISP has a YouTube caching server internally, you will see very popular videos play fine or relatively well. However, once DASH has to leave the network to find the other bits and pieces the ISP tends to throttle it in and out.

Disabling DASH, essentially allows the YouTube player to step "down" to previous mode and ask the closest main YouTube server farm. Those are normally dangling off of backbone providers like Level 3.

Case in point, local Time Warner connection was advertised as 6x faster than the local ISP who provides FTTH and 2 hops to a major backbone near me. When I was on Time Warner, Youtube streamed horribly until I blocked all traffic to their cache server so it had to re-route out of the network non-DASH and it would work. Except on Android tablets and phones this breaks Youtube completely as their advertisement delivery is normally as local as possible (as with all streaming providers). As soon as I switched to the local ISP with the "slower" speed my Youtube hops straight out to Level 3's farm and is flawless up to 1080p.

tl;dr: Screw Time Warner and other major ISP's.

xendrome said,
Netflix already places dedicated hardware in ISP colo sites, it's up to your ISP to get involved with Netflix as well.

That's not the issue. Verizon is actively throttling Netflix because of the whole net neutrality argument.

There's a youtube video that shows FIOS gets about 300 kbps bitrate on Netflix and if you use a VPN the bitrate bumps up to 3000 kbps.

-Razorfold said,

That's not the issue. Verizon is actively throttling Netflix because of the whole net neutrality argument.

There's a youtube video that shows FIOS gets about 300 kbps bitrate on Netflix and if you use a VPN the bitrate bumps up to 3000 kbps.

It's less complicated than that, Verizon literally just needs to plug a couple of cables in to resolve the issue. See what Level 3 (Netflix's CDN) had to say: http://blog.level3.com/global-...izons-accidental-mea-culpa/

Wish they had continued rolling this out. I would have been very interested in subscribing to this instead of AT&T or Comcast.

The question is whether they will allow you do actually DO anything with the new upload speed, like host a website, share video steams, etc.

If it's just for sending your email faster, it won't be the game changer it should be.

excalpius said,
The question is whether they will allow you do actually DO anything with the new upload speed, like host a website, share video steams, etc.

If it's just for sending your email faster, it won't be the game changer it should be.


While I'm not into it personally "Let's Plays" on YouTube are HUGE now and it takes FOREVER to upload the game recording. This will be a HUGE help to everyone who makes these videos.

Too bad they throttle the ###### out of Netflix. So much so that you can get almost a 10x bitrate increase just by using a VPN.

-Razorfold said,
Too bad they throttle the ###### out of Netflix. So much so that you can get almost a 10x bitrate increase just by using a VPN.

Yup. Netflix will still be slow as a snail.