On Tuesday, March 6, Verizon Wireless announced a new version of its wireless broadband service designed for rural and remote homes. As National Broadband Services is a constant issue. The service, called HomeFusion, could be a viable competitor for satellite broadband providers, and could also appeal to households where DSL is the only fixed-line option.

 

HomeFusion’s service starts at $60 per month for 10 GB of data, enough for about 10 hours of HD video. It will first be deployed in the Dallas, Nashville, and Birmingham areas, and Verizon’s goal is to provide the service everywhere it has coverage, via its new LTE wireless network, by the end of this year. Many smaller companies offer wireless broadband for home use, but none cover such a large area.

 

Verizon says HomeFusion’s transfer speeds are 5-12 mbps for downloads and 2-5 mbps for uploads, but LTE network users have reported download speeds of up to 70 mbps, about 10 times the download speed of Verizon’s DSL service. With DSL, however, the amount of data is unlimited. The 10 GB plan would limit streaming video to a few hours per month. Verizon will also offer step-up plans at rates of $90 per month for 20 GB and $120 per month for 30 GB.

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