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Is your internet service 20/20 ?

Is your internet service 20/20 ?

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VerizonVerizon is at it again.  Over on the east coast of the US they are cranking up the service line offerings of the fiber optic FIOS data service.  They just announced a symmetrical data plan with 20meg down/20meg up. 

Great.  What am I, chopped liver?  FIOS started in Keller, Texas which is literally across the street from my house.  FIOS was rolled to Southlake and Grapevine (the area I live in) before any other location in the US.  Wanna guess how many times they've dropped the price or offered an attractive new plan in my area?  They haven't.  Is that any way to treat the customers that were first?  Grrrr.

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  • Anyone else find it odd that Verizon can offer 20 megabit bandwidth to homes for under a few hundred a month, yet offers T1 to businesses (at 1.5 megabit) at over $600?  I think businesses are the chopped liver.

    If you tried to get 20 megabit to a business you'd be looking at a the price of a nice car per month...

  • Well, I actually sent email to Verizon about this.  They claim this offering is coming to other markets and that North Texas would be one.  I hope so.  The three year anniversary of FIOS in this area is in December I think.

    It's going to be a no brainer for me.  If they offer 20/20 for $65 here, that's only $15 more per month. I would have to give up a laptop hard drive.  Done.  

    A year ago I probably would have said no thanks, but that was before I got an HD video camera.  Uploading big blobs of data is not fun, even at 2meg upload speeds.

    Hopefully they'll get creative and knock the price of the 30/5 plan down to something in the $60 ballpark.  I has a chance to test drive those speeds when I first got the service and it really rocks.