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Cablevision offers 101Mbps, cap-free Internet

updated 09:45 am EDT, Tue April 28, 2009

101Mbps Optimum Online Ult

Cablevision on Tuesday claimed the title of the fastest cable Internet provider in the US by launching Optimum Online Ultra. By using the newer multi-channel DOCSIS 3.0 standard, the carrier promises a peak of 101Mbps downstream and a still-fast 15Mbps upstream. The service is theoretically twice as fast as Comcast's 50Mbps service and won't have a bandwidth cap, permitting as much use of the service as customers like. An HD video can download in roughly 10 minutes on the network, while a batch of 750 photos can upload in the space of a minute.

Ultra will cost $99 per month and should launch May 11th, focusing primarily on the Long Island area. It's not mentioned how soon all of Cablevision's customers will have access to the faster speeds, but the company does say that it has doubled the upstream speeds for its free-with-service Wi-Fi hotspots to 3Mbps.

The rollout marks a sharp contrast to the behavior of ostensible rivals Comcast and Time Warner, neither of whom operates directly in Cablevision's markets but which run much more restricted speeds and bandwidth allotments. Comcast has set a 250GB fixed cap regardless of peak speeds; most Time Warner areas are unlimited, but the company has been running trials for metered broadband that would charge $150 for unlimited 10Mbps access, or nearly 3 times as much as it does today; it has put a hold on expanding the trials but has also threatened to pull DOCSIS 3.0 trials as punishment for those areas not accepting its policies at face value.

Cablevision has long used very high speed Internet access as a selling point and notes that it has 75 percent of the market in those areas it serves, leaving just 25 percent to DSL or alternatives. Critics have accused other North American cable providers of using caps to unfairly protect their cable TV businesses by discouraging even legitimate TV and movie downloads. On Time Warner's proposed typical 60GB monthly limit, a customer could watch only 6 iTunes HD movies assuming no other Internet activity.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. b9robot

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2009

    +7

    No Caps, Yea!

    This is how it should be. A provider doing what it is supposed to do. Provide fast speeds with no caps on data! Kudos to Cablevision!

  1. vasic

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    Joined: May 2005

    0

    Where's the bottleneck?

    With 100Mbps peak bandwidth, the bottleneck will probably move elsewhere. Most WiFi routers still run on speeds well below 802.11n; large numbers are barely 802.11b. For many, Cablevision's peak throughput will never even be challenged by their computer(s).

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Re: Where's the

    And if you don't have the equipment to handle the throughput (and even 802.11n doesn't do 100Mbs in real-world performance), don't get the Ultra plan.

    "Pick the plan that's right for you."

  1. Constable Odo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2007

    +1

    Dammit! I live on

    Long Island and I can't get Cablevision or FiOS. I'm stuck with that lazy-a** TimeWarner Cable and they don't do a damn thing but raise their prices for service. Those TWC s********s limit users to such crappy upload speeds it makes me want to puke.

    I'm satisfied with my average-rate download speeds, but they really need to boost their upload speeds by at least double the present speed. I don't think I'm asking for the world here.

  1. Str1f3

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    Joined: Apr 2009

    0

    I like cablevision

    I've got cablevision in long island and while this speed is nice, it's just too expensive. I have the boost package which gives me 30 up and 5 down (theoretically). I think cablevision is great since they don't have bandwidth caps and can't because they are against Fios over here. Cut the price in half and you got me.

  1. Str1f3

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2009

    0

    I like cablevision

    I've got cablevision in long island and while this speed is nice, it's just too expensive. I have the boost package which gives me 30 up and 5 down (theoretically). I think cablevision is great since they don't have bandwidth caps and can't because they are against Fios over here. Cut the price in half and you got me.

  1. Str1f3

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2009

    0

    I like cablevision

    I've got cablevision in long island and while this speed is nice, it's just too expensive. I have the boost package which gives me 30 up and 5 down (theoretically). I think cablevision is great since they don't have bandwidth caps and can't because they are against Fios over here. Cut the price in half and you got me.

  1. YangZone

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2000

    -1

    It's worth $50-

    tops.

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