Verizon upgrades broadband speeds, announces new FiOS1 TV channels

Verizon Communications Monday made several FiOS-related announcements, including beefed up upstream and down stream speeds on several broadband service tiers, as well as the launch of two "hyper-local" video channels for its New York City area FiOS TV customers. These TV channels, FiOS1 Long Island and FiOS1 New Jersey, will step up Verizon's competition with cable TV companies in the hotly-competitive New York area market. The speedier service tiers (see Cable Digital News link below) also will help on that score though Cablevision Systems already has broken the 100 Mbps threshold. Verizon is not near to matching that, so getting more into the programming arena might be its best recourse. The TV channels are similar to a FiOS1 channel the carrier already has in Washington, D.C.

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