Originally posted on Data Center POST

In a monumental stride towards enhancing the digital experience for its residential users, Empire Access, a Northeast US fiber optic internet provider, announced a massive upgrade to its residential internet upload speeds: a 1000 percent boost that makes it symmetrical to download speeds. Beginning March 1, new and current Empire Access home customers in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania have access to enhanced internet throughput speeds, all at no additional cost.

Empire Access aims to set the standard for rural residential internet, with base upload and download speeds now reaching a maximum of 500 Megabits per second (Mbps) and additional plans for symmetrical 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). Previously sitting at 500 Mbps/50 Mbps, Empire Access’ residential internet speeds set it apart as an industry leader with an impressive jump not taken by many providers, which highlights the power of fiber optics over traditional cable.

Symmetrical speeds means users are not anchored by slow uploads and have access to equal upload and download speeds, which erases discrepancies and bolsters the users’ capacity to deliver data more efficiently. This innovation is particularly impactful for heavy online users, remote workers, gamers, and households with multiple users, ensuring a more seamless and efficient digital experience.

Empire Access CEO Jim Baase expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This is a pivotal moment for us to bring higher internet speeds to homeowners. We believe that fast and reliable internet is the backbone of our everyday lives, and we want to ensure that all our customers have access to the best speeds available.”

In an effort to further elevate the residential internet user experience in key markets, customers in Scranton, PA, and Binghamton, NY, can expect symmetrical 2 Gbps plans in the near future, marking the second phase in the transition to symmetrical speeds.

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