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Verizon Unveils 50-Mbps Service

Verizon Communications upped the bandwidth ante once again, announcing that its FiOS Internet service can now deliver throughput as high as 50 megabits per second to business and residential customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The new high-speed tier is the latest bandwidth salvo fired between Verizon and Cablevision Systems. Cablevision recently started offering a 30-mbps turbocharged Optimum Online Boost service.

For residential users in New York, a 50-mbps downstream, 5-mbps upstream service will be offered for $89.95 monthly with a one-year commitment or $109.95 with a month-to-month service for customers in New York. In New Jersey and Connecticut, that same service will be offered for $139.95 monthly with a one-year agreement or $159.95 month-to-month, and it will initially be available on a limited basis.

Business customers will be able to tap a new 50-mbps downstream, 10-mbps upstream service for $349.95 per month with a dynamic Internet-protocol address and $389.95 with up to five static IP addresses.

The 10-mbps upstream throughput is designed to offer faster uploads of heavy multimedia files such as medical images or streaming video for product demonstrations or training sessions.