Can’t wait two hours to download the critically-acclaimed film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked? Well, here’s good news: Verizon will soon be offering broadband speeds so fast that you’ll be able to download your favourite animated chipmunk movie in two minutes rather than two hours.
Earlier today Verizon announced plans to introduce a new Internet plan that will see its already top-ranked download speeds double to 300 Mbps (megabits per second). Verizon says that with this new plan customers will be able to download a two and a half hour high-definition video in about two and a half minutes.
Verizon says the new plan is designed with serious Internet junkies in mind; in other words, households where at least five or more people require extremely fast connections to the web. By this, we assume households filled with Diablo III players, The Pirate Bay fans, and pornography addicts.
To date, Verizon’s top-tier service offered download speeds of 150 Mbps. It appears the company will keep that plan available, though there are also rumors that it will do away with the plan and offer customers paying for 150 Mbps the option of upgrading to 300 Mbps for free.
Verizon will also introduce a service with download speeds of 75 Mbps. The company says this plan should be enough for most households where people daily (though perhaps not constantly) download movies, music, and games.
According to Verizon, it had little choice but to accommodate Americans’ increased dependence on Internet-connected devices. “The ways we used the Internet and watched TV over the past 10 to 15 years have dramatically shifted,” said Verizon’s consumer and mass market business division president, Bob Mudge.
“With the emergence of smartphones, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and gaming consoles that also serve as over-the-top devices, consumers need more bandwidth to receive the highest-quality experience.”
Verizon hasn’t publicly announced how the new plans — or changes to old ones — will affect its current pricing framework. Customers can expect more details to emerge in the coming days and weeks.