Verizon’s policy blog has a video demo up of the company’s new 20/20 broadband service: 20 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream. I would guess that the vast majority of Internet users today don’t need 20 Mbps upstream capacity, but that’s going to change. One example: As today’s early-20-somethings start having kids, there’s going to be a major spike in upstream traffic from photo and video sharing. I’m sure the trend has started already, but it’s only going to accelerate as young’uns who have only ever known still cameras and video cameras of the digital variety come of age.
The key is that Verizon can offer huge upstream capacity now because of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiative – which Motorola is heavily involved in. However, cable operators are not going to be left in the dark (so to speak), especially with DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades around the corner. Just as a reference, here are the downstream and upstream speeds possible with each DOCSIS standard, as noted by Wikipedia.