Noted: Time Warner Cable began offering 50 Mbps downstream Internet speeds to New Yorkers on Thursday. Upload speeds are 5 Mbps. Dubbed Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet, the service targets business users but a residential option is available for $99.95/month. That includes 5 Mbps upstream.
According to MultiChannel News, the service for business users is more expensive: $298/month for the 50 Mbps down, 5 Mbps up; and $200/month for 20 Mbps down, 2 Mbps up.
This week’s launch was in Manhattan. The company’s entire New York area will get the speeds by Spring 2010. New York is the same region that Verizon has made a huge push for its FiOS Internet service. FiOS is still faster though, with the speediest plan offered at 50 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up for about $150.
No one has had any luck getting the cable provider to say what lucky city is next. A spokesman told MultiChannel News that Time Warner “expects to roll it out to additional markets in early 2010.”
Time Warner is using Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 3.0 technology, which requires an equipment upgrade.
In Orange County, Time Warner’s fastest Internet speed is 15 Mbps downstream, 1 Mbps up. I, personally, am a customer and manage to see almost 2 Mbps upstream speeds most of the time.
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