Verizon FiOS Goes Symmetrical: No Extra Cost

Though some will complain, Verizon is making an important change to its FiOS service, namely making all services, at all speeds, symmetrical, at no extra cost.

The expected complaints will take the form of "it's still not good enough."

But that's unfair. It's an important and useful improvement.

Verizon, which is seeing much higher take rates for faster access services, also seems to believe symmetrical bandwidth now is increasingly important to a growing percentage of customers.

Verizon now says 40 percent of FiOS Internet customers buy services at 50 Mbps or faster.

Verizon says it will "transition qualifying current residential customers to higher upload speeds for free throughout the coming months."

Existing and new FiOS small-business customers also will receive this upgrade later in the year.

The level of upload activity on the FiOS network is expected to double by late 2016 and to continue to grow from there, according to Verizon's projections.

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