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Tech Buzz 10/05 Fiber-optic broadband, teleconferencing and more

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Watch out, cable and DSL-- there's a new option forbroadband in some towns. Verizon's FiOS Internet Service for Business isavailable in parts of California, Florida and Texas, with a14-state expansion expected by the end of the year. Thefiber-to-the-premises service uses fiber optics rather than copperwire and is aimed at businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

There are several levels of service available. The basic packageoffers 15Mbps downstream and 2Mbps upstream at a very affordableprice of $60 per month with a dynamic IP address, or $100 per monthwith a static IP address. The highest tier gets you 30Mbpsdownstream and 5Mbps upstream at $350 (dynamic IP) or $390 (staticIP). Some of the perks with any of the packages are professionalinstallation, 24-hour technical support and remote dial-up accessfor employees on the go.

25% of

internet users say they always read user agreements, privacystatements or other disclaimers before downloading or installingfiles from the internet.
Statistic Source:Pew Internet & American Life Project

59.4% of

senior managers expect to use teleconferencing more in the secondhalf of 2005.
Statistic Source:Cornerstone International Group

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