Officials of Verizon Communications confirmed on Monday that the carrier will boost upload speeds for the six million customers of its fiber optic “FiOS” broadband network to match the download speeds these customers have paid for. Analysts indicate that the move is intended to provide Verizon with a competitive edge against cable industry rivals that have improved their broadband and video subscriber numbers this year but still lack the technological ability to synchronize upload and download speeds. In contrast to the Verizon FiOS network, which extends its fiber optic lines all the way to the subscriber’s home, broadband cable operators typically extend their fiber optic lines to local area nodes from which lower- capacity coaxial cables are used to supply network connections to subscribers. The move enables Verizon to respond more effectively to anticipated growth in upstream traffic that will occur as the “Internet of Things”—the future world of web-connected appliances and gadgets—gains traction. Starting this week, Verizon will roll out symmetrical upload speeds for customers on all FiOS speed tiers that currently range from 15 Mbps download/5 Mbps upload to 500 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload. Existing customers will have their upload speeds boosted at no additional charge, and Verizon plans to market the 25/25 Mbps tier as its entry level package for new subscribers. With the new upload speeds, customers with a download connection of 50 Mbps will be able to upload 200 photos or a five minute HD video in 40 seconds instead of in 1.33 minutes as with their previous 25 Mbps upload connection. Verizon is expected to complete the necessary network upgrades this fall.