Codebreaker

Verizon launches home wireless, faster than wired

John Moe Mar 6, 2012

Verizon has a new Internet access option aimed at customers in remote or rural areas who have a hard time hooking up to DSL or cable for their connection. It’s called HomeFusion, because apparently everything needs to be written in camel case these days and is actually faster than most DSL connections. The catch: it requires attaching a huge cylindrical antenna that looks a lot like a 5-gallon bucket to the outside of your house. The antenna costs $200 but Verizon will set it up for free. The service costs $60 a month and is capped at 10gb of data.

This is Verizon’s effort to compete with satellite home Internet access, which are sometimes the only options for remote areas. 

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.