Time Warner Cable brings DOCSIS 3.0 to the Big Apple

Move over Verizon FiOS, Time Warner Cable is here and like Cablevision, it also wants to challenge you with its 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 cable service. The new service, which the MSO is calling Time Warner Cable Internet instead of using its Road Runner brand, will offer residential subscribers 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream for a competitive price of $99.95 a month. TWC will also package the wideband service for business users with two options: a 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, and a 20 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream offering.   

Initially, TWC will offer its wideband service to residential and business customers in Manhattan (below 79th Street), Staten Island and Queens (Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills and South Flushing). TWC said it will then make the wideband service available throughout its entire NYC service area, which currently reaches more than 1.4 million customers, by next spring.

Of course, Time Warner's DOCSIS 3.0 efforts trail those of fellow NYC-based MSO Cablevision, which earlier this year launched a 101 Mbps DOCSIS service called "Optimum Online Ultra," also for $99.95 a month. Meanwhile, Comcast, which recently rolled out a 50 Mbps offering in Denver and a 100 Mbps offering in its Minneapolis market, says 80 percent of its HFC plant will be DOCSIS 3.0 ready by the end of this year and its entire network will be upgraded by 2010.

For more:
- see the release here
- Cable Digital News has this article

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