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Cox has launched its DOCSIS 3.0-based broadband service in Northern Virginia. The service, which offers 50-Megabit-per-second (Mbps) downloads and 5 Mbps uploads and comes with PowerBoost, will cost $139.99 per month. In comparison, Cablevision is charging $100 a month for 101 Mbps service in parts of […]

imagesCox has launched its DOCSIS 3.0-based broadband service in Northern Virginia. The service, which offers 50-Megabit-per-second (Mbps) downloads and 5 Mbps uploads and comes with PowerBoost, will cost $139.99 per month. In comparison, Cablevision is charging $100 a month for 101 Mbps service in parts of New York. Cox is among a growing list of cable broadband providers that are using DOCSIS 3.0 to compete with Verizon’s FiOS assault. Like most of its peers, Cox is selectively rolling out higher speeds in regions where it has competiton — for instance, in Lafayette, La., where it faces challenges from a municipal-backed fiber effort. Among the big cable companies, Time Warner Cable is limping in its DOCSIS 3.0 efforts.

  1. three years from now i hope i will be able to get all my telecom/internet/bandwidth at $250 a month flat rate. i hope i am not dreaming.

    - jason nadaf

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  2. It also ain’t worth it. If they’re practices are similar to how they treat their normal broadband users – good luck. Use so much as 1/4 of that download speed (assuming you could actually squeeze it out of them) for more than a few seconds and welcome to throttle ville. They’ve probably slapped a ridiculous cap on it as well.

    One of the worst broadband companies in the industry. Pure garbage.

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    1. you are right. i wish the government would implement a powerline policy with the smart grids being laid out. our country has been internet capped for long enough!

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    2. Roger Bugbee Tuesday, May 5, 2009

      You’ve got that right If they had competition in this area they would loose 50% the first day

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  3. I live in South Dakota and my provider Midcontinent has been offering 100MBS broadband for at least four years at a rate of 34.95 a month plus tax. I have a 100MBS connection at all times (T1) and am a big fan of video and other media that is bandwidth intensive. To my knowledge, this small provider that serves North and South Dakota, is probably the best in the nation and the most reliable that I have ever had. I have not heard of any plans to meter usage and if they did, I would have to move to Verizon EVDO or something. I can see a large influx of people moving to North and South Dakota now :) You will probably like it if you can take the cold!

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    1. You’re internet isn’t 100Mbps, it shows on your computer as 100Mbps as that is what it is between the modem and your computer. From your modem to the internet is a different story. I live in South Dakota and the best internet I’ve seen is ITC fiber to the curb, which is a 10/2 connection.

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  4. I lived in Lafayette, LA and used Cox. They cut off our service prematurely due to human error and we were without phone, tv, Internet, or a security system until they could send someone out to the house a day or two later. Maybe they should improve their customer service first.

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  5. Be interesting to see how $139.99/month in the Northern VA area lasts once Verizon decides to scoop up some more market share by dropping 50 Mbps FiOS prices and offering 100 Mbps FiOS as its top price/top tier service.

    So, let’s see where pricing is at the end of the year…

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  6. In the early day of VoIP I came a cross a company that launched a all-you-can eat product which was not prevalent at the time. They did something similar to Cox and priced it at a relatively high price-per-month (~$100/month if I recall). The result was a ton of adverse self-selection, only the folks who were really going to be on the phone 24/7 purchased the service, company is now out of business. . .guess they didn’t have a way to put curbs on the VoIP usage. . .

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  7. FiOS 50M is only $90/month ($89.95) in the Cox Northern VA areas. Cox’s price isn’t close to competitive.

    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Cox-Brings-50Mbps-To-Virginia-102283

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  8. Doug Mohney Monday, May 11, 2009

    Having had the Cox DOCSIS 3.0 service in Northern VA on trial for a couple of days, I understand why they want to (initially) have the price tag higher than for the typical Joe.

    The good news is: Yes, Virginia(ns), you can get 50 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload speeds from Cox in Northern VA.

    HOWEVER, there are some REAL eye-openers in the terms of the capabilities of in-home network gear and older PCs that took me for a loop and gave me some “WTF” moments. I’m running a mix of NetGear XE104 85Mbps Powerline bridges and Linksys (by Cisco) wireless gear with draft N mode and we ain’t getting the sticker-speed list out of any of it, bunkies.

    Right now, I am reluctant to go out and buy a 200 Mbps AV Powerline solution because I’m afraid I’d bring it home and it would give me like 30-35 Mbps (or less) to where I need it… if you’ve priced AV powerline, you know it’s not cheap.

    Draft-N is a little disappointing too.

    I’ve got some stuff blogged about my experiences and would welcome feedback and/or recommendations as to what type of speed boost(s) I can jigger out of my existing setup without breaking the bank or running Cat 5.

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  9. Looking at Cox speeds on DSLreports.com I see that the speeds in San Pedro California have jumped considerably… On the surface it appears the San Pedro area is also testing the DOCSIS 3.0-based broadband service…

    http://www.dslreports.com/archive/cox.n … d=&p=1

    I would be happy to see the Las Vegas Valley internet speeds match our southern neighbors Phoenix…
    http://www.dslreports.com/archive/?zip=89121&start=Search

    JR

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