Verizon Wireless announced the launch of a new wireless home broadband service geared towards rural areas that want something a little more powerful than DSL. The service is called HomeFusion, and offers wireless broadband via a $200 cylindrical antenna (the labor is free) that is mounted on the outside of your house. While the speeds sounds decent enough - 5 to 12 megabits per second for downloads and 2 to 5 megabits for uploads - Verizon's biggest barrier might be the data caps it puts on the service.
For around $60 a month consumers can download around 10GB of data a month. With such a limit in place a consumer would only be able to watch about ten hours of HD video from a service such as Netflix. Imagine if you were a gamer and you wanted to download the latest PC game? This data limit just doesn't work.
Verizon will offer more robust plans: $90 for 20 gigabytes of data per month and 30 gigabytes for $120 per month. Going over the cap will cost you $10 per gigabyte.
Still those in rural areas that only have access to a dial-up service or DSL will probably appreciate the plan, but in areas where cable is available and a lot cheaper Verizon cannot compete.