Verizon Boosts Top Broadband Speed

NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday raised the top download speed for its fiber-based Internet service in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the areas where it competes with Cablevision Systems Corp. for broadband customers.

New York customers of Verizon's FiOS paying $89.95 a month can now get download speeds of 50 megabits per second, up from 30 mbps.

The new speed appears to be the fastest offering from a major U.S. Internet service provider. At 50 mbps, users of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store could download a standard-length song in about a second.

Cablevision has a competing cable broadband service at 30 mbps, far faster than most cable companies.


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