Verizon is promising to "leave the cable companies in the dust" by granting free speed upgrades to its FiOS Internet access subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Subscribers to the company's 5 Mbps tier (2 Mbps upstream) and 15 Mbps tier (also 2 Mbps upstream) will be upgraded to 10 Mbps/2Mbps and 20 Mbps/5 Mbps, respectively. Prices (based on one-year service commitments) remain at $34.95 and $44.95, respectively.
Small business subs taking the 15 Mbps/2 Mbps tier will be upgraded to 20 Mbps/5 Mbps. The year-agreement monthly fee is $59.95.
"Speed is the winner in the broadband race, and Verizon FiOS Internet Service offers customers a more powerful and faster solution," said Chris Pizzirani, Verizon vice president, product management and development.
Verizon said it is building FiOS in more than 200 communities in the tri-state area.