Cablevision to offer aggressively priced DOCSIS 3.0 service

By on April 28, 2009, 8:52 AM
Cablevision announced today a plan that will bring speeds of 101Mb/s downstream and 15Mbps upstream to its 3 million customers. To take advantage of the new service, subscribers will be given the option to upgrade their cable Internet to DOCSIS 3.0 for $99.95 per month. The high-speed Internet access is expected to deliver full-length high-definition movies in less than 10 minutes or upload 750 digital photos or 150 songs in one minute.

To compete with Verizon’s FiOS service, the New York-based ISP intends on doubling the speed of its Wi-Fi wireless Internet service to 3Mbps, which will be free for Cablevision subscribers. As a comparison, the FiOS service runs about $140 per month, while other competing companies such as Comcast and Charter only offer a more costly 50Mbps.

Cablevision reports that they’re coughing up $300 million, at least $70 per user, to offer both DOCSIS 3.0 access and free Wi-Fi. The new service is expected to debut market-wide beginning May 11. Will you be upgrading?

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MrAnderson said:
Will I upgrade? It really depends. How extensive will this "free" WiFi access be? If the range of the WiFi (with in my city/or cities) becomes almost similar to 3G networks from a phone company, then we might have a winner. If that becomes an option I would use it over the pricy phone company 3G data plans. Having broad band access on any device I choose from one provider would be choice! However, the reality for consumers has always been cost prohibitive. It would be most agreeable if I could get high-speed access from just one company, one bill, one reasonable price, and be able to use any device I would like. Moreover, it is important to have more than one company offering this kind of service in order to keep things competitive in price and improved the consumer experience.
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