Absolutely go with the far better bandwidth in Texas.
There is no such thing as worse bandwidth than is provided by Cogent.
I love Verio but not at the cost of having Cogent involved in any hosting I will be hosting here at knownhost.
I have had such bad experiences at other providers with Cogent that I would just as soon put my services in Dallas than right here in San Jose, where I live, due to the word Cogent.
Good luck with your hosting decision and knownhost is my new choice for hosting as of today.