TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Verizon Juices up Its DSL Service

Verizon Juices up Its DSL Service

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Tue, 5 Apr 2005 20:50:59 -0400

By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff | April 5, 2005

Verizon Communications Inc. ratcheted up the broadband Internet arms
race yesterday, doubling the speed of its $30-a-month service while
confirming that 11 more Massachusetts communities are getting its new
super-fast fiber-optic network.

Verizon's $30 digital subscriber line service will now offer
downstream access at up to 3 megabits, up from 1.5 megabits currently
and much closer to cable modems, for subscribers willing to sign a
one-year contract, or bundle DSL with phone service.

Subscribers who have already been paying $40 for 3 megabit service
will have their bills automatically lowered, starting with the next
billing cycle. Because of technology limitations, however, only about
half of customers whose phone lines can support Verizon DSL will be
able to get the faster speed, spokeswoman Bobbi Henson said.

At the same time, Verizon raised to 39 the number of Bay State
communities where it has confirmed it is building out its FiOS
fiber-optic network, which can deliver Internet access at speeds up to
30 megabits per second. This year, FiOS will also offer cable
television packages in direct competition with Comcast Corp. and
satellite TV companies.

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