With all the hype surrounding Verizon FiOS, we sometimes lose track of the fact that the majority of Verizon broadband customers are served via DSL. And while Verizon continues to focus on turning up FiOS markets, they would be wise not to ignore their large base of DSL customers. Perhaps with that in mind, they announced the expansion of availability of 7.1 Mbps DSL service today. Outside of FiOS, the 7.1 Mbps broadband tier is Verizon’s fastest. Their other DSL tiers include 3 Mbps/768 Kbps and up to 1 Mbps/384 Kbps.
According to their release, “By the end of July, 9.7 million households in parts of 21 states and the District of Columbia will be able to order the high-speed broadband service. The latest expansion will increase the availability of the service in parts of Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The up to 7.1 Mbps service is also offered in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.” This DSL tier offers 384k upload speed and sells for $37.99/month with a two year agreement.