Qwest is expanding the availability of its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) broadband service throughout their Colorado footprint. The top tier of Qwest’s broadband capability offers top speeds of 40 Mbps downstream/20 Mbps upstream.

Qwest is ‘pushing the envelope’ regarding technology terminology for their broadband services. They highlight ‘fiber optics’ throughout their marketing of these faster broadband speeds. Cynics will argue that Qwest is confusing customers by subtly suggesting these faster speeds are enabled by a FTTH platform like FiOS. But Qwest is using DSL to deliver these speeds, enabled by fiber fed nodes. They certainly aren’t the only service provider liberally using the term fiber optics.

Qwest offers the following pricing options for their broadband tiers:

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  • Connection speeds of up to 40 Mbps downstream with up to 5 Mbps upstream, starting at $99.99 a month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifying home phone plan.
  • Connection speeds of up to 40 Mbps downstream with up to 20 Mbps upstream, starting at $109.99 a month for the first 12 months when combined with a qualifying home phone plan.
  • Qualified customers with 7 Mbps, 12 Mbps or 20 Mbps downstream speed tiers can upgrade to 5 Mbps upstream speeds for an introductory rate of $5 more a month.

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