Comcast, Verizon hope to kick off another broadband renaissance
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Comcast, Verizon hope to kick off another broadband renaissance

Comcast and Verizon have both started offering ultra-high-bandwidth services to select customers that are as much as 25 times faster than today's average broadband speed of 4.8 Mbps, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Comcast's new "extreme high-speed internet service" uses the latest version of cable modem technology, while Verizon's FiOS service delivers the internet to your home via optical fibers.

Experts say this increased bandwidth -- when it becomes widely available -- will have a profound effect on everything from our social interactions on the web to the way we consume media, notes Wired. "The YouTube philosophy is really the primary motivator here," Connie Chang-Hasnain, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and expert in broadband communications, told the publication. "Even grandmas post things on YouTube. But, right now, the resolution is terrible and there are some very predefined limits due to bandwidth."

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