reply to lijacobs
Re: Marketing hype
said by lijacobs:With streaming video and next generation HD on the way, video calls, enhanced gaming experiences, etc., and everyone in the house using it simultaneously, it won't be long before 25-50 Mbps is considered low-end, and 50-100 Mbps considered mid-range.
All of your history not withstanding, IMHO it will be at least a few years before the vast majority of users will need the higher speeds. In the meantime at contract renewal time costs will go up and now VZ has bragging rights in their Ads. It's all marketing and money.
Not so long ago I posted in one of the DSL forums that I temporarily switched my PC off my FIOS line and onto my backup 10/1 Road Runner connection, but forgot to switch it back. I didn't even notice until I went to upload something for $DAYJOB and banged my head into the 1 Mbps upload ceiling. The moral of that story was I didn't notice I was on 10 Mbps down instead of 25 Mbps.
Well, that's changed recently. With websites and other content becoming more byte-heavy, the 10 Mbps connection feels sluggish to me now. The 25 Mbps I get with FIOS is the minimum I would even consider now as my everyday speed. I expect that as content continues to get "heavier", I'll start grumbling about the slowness of 25 Mbps and will pony up for the 50 or 75 Mbps tier.