Why Having Verizon's 50 Mbps FiOS Internet, Now Available Everywhere, Matters

Color TV was nice, but 60-inch 1080p HD is better. Cassette Walkmans were amazing, but MP3 players with video and WiFi do so much more.  Atari was cool, but Wii offers a whole lot more.

Technology gets better and better, and expands. So it is with Internet access.

Here are the key facts:

  • Every 2-3 years, consumers double their appetite for bandwidth.

Consumers are demanding more speed to display complex, animated, multi-panel Web pages or view 10 megapixel photos or movie trailers.

  • Ten years ago, most homes had one to three broadband devices, usually PCs.  Today, there are five to 10 broadband devices in the home: PCs, TV set-top boxes, game consoles, MP3 hookups, camera links and electronic picture frames, each creating a bandwidth requirement to and from the home. A popular device this year is a still camera that sends pictures to the PC over a wireless home network.

  • In the next 10 years, there will be 25-100 IP devices in the home: pantry and refrigerator scanners, home information hubs in each room, Internet-connected TVs and stereos, HVAC controllers, home automation devices of all kinds, security equipment with video outputs.

  • YouTube would not exist without broadband.  It will go high definition, with the ability to view it on an Internet-connected HD television set, and the uploads and downloads will create home-bandwidth demand.

  • Today, many on-demand services deliver content over broadband to set-top boxes and PCs.  Speed matters.  Movies available, with no waiting, is becoming the standard.  HD is more and more critical. HD files can be 10 times the size of SD files.  So bandwidth is important to movie fans.

    Here are approximate file sizes for various media transported over home broadband today:

Here are approximate file sizes for various media transported over home broadband today:

  • Storage is moving off the hard drive and onto the Web.  Flikr and Easy Share hold images; online storage, like Verizon's Online Backup and Sharing, can hold the content of entire hard drives, safely and securely, for backup or remote access.

  • Gamers at all levels of play can destroy their opponents with just a few milliseconds in latency advantage.

  • What's next?  How about 3D HDTV and digital cinema HD video running at 60 Mbps, and HD video conferencing for families? Imagine the viewer power of simultaneous multi-screen video with user-selectable viewing of the same event or film.  Beyond that, watch for HD video with several times the pixel resolution of today's 1080p.

  • Researchers today are developing the "cloud computer," with shared computational and applications power.  Even services that require supercomputers would be accessible to the common user over the Internet.  Fast speeds and high bandwidth will be needed to combat latency to make a remote computer as responsive as one at home.

How Verizon Does It

Verizon's all-fiber optic network serves each customer with unmatched bandwidth capacity.

Three streams of light carry digital information. Two wavelengths flow toward the customer, one with all video content and the other with all Internet protocol versions of data, video and voice. The third is an upstream pathway from the home to the world.

The strength of the Verizon network lets the company offer incredible bandwidth in two directions.  The current download/upload combinations are 10/2, 20/15, 20/20 or 50/20 Mbps (now available in all 16 FiOS states).