It’s Time for an Internet Upgrade

It always surprises me how many people still complain about their home Internet speeds. In an age where most of us enjoy high-speed 4G cellular connections for our smartphones and tablets when we are out and about, it’s strange that we would accept second best in the one place we use our devices the most. What I expect is happening is that a lot of people are eschewing their home Internet connection in favor of their wireless service – a potentially expensive proposition, especially when it comes to data overages.

If you’re unsure just how fast your home Internet is, you can take the Verizon speed test here. The speed test works by sending bursts of random data for 30 seconds. It calculates the upload and download speeds of your connection by measuring how many “bits” of data were transferred during that 30 second timeframe.

Note that the test measures upload speeds as well as download. Upload speeds are becoming increasingly important as individuals and small business share more and more data with the cloud. In fact, Verizon estimates that the level of upload activity on their FiOS network will double by late 2016 and continue to grow. (If you’re still not sure about the importance of upload speeds, ask your kids about “lag” and video game response times.)

If your Internet connection is less than 25/25 Mbps (that’s 25 megabits per second upload and download), then maybe it’s time for an upgrade. At 25/25, you’ll be able to surf the Web, check e-mail, shop online, and watch all those cute cat videos on Facebook without interruption. But if you are going to upgrade, why stop at 25/25? FiOS offers plans all the way up to 500/500 and, while you might not need that kind of speed, there are levels to suit every kind of household or small business.

And if you are a small business, now’s the time to act. Until June 27, Verizon is offering small businesses a free FiOS Internet upgrade. For example, a small-business owner who orders a new FiOS Internet and voice bundle with 50/50 Mbps will pay the price of a 25/25 service for a two-year term agreement.

Today’s smartphones and tablets are built for speed. It’s time to make sure your home Internet can keep up!

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