Time Warner Cable plans to expand its DOCSIS 3.0 broadband upgrades in portions of Texas, Ohio and upstate New York during the first half of this year, according to Light Reading. I’ve emailed the company for confirmation, but really I’m hoping that it’s true. Currently TWC offers me the best deal I can get for broadband in terms of speed, but it’s a decent 7 Mbps (12-13 Mbps with Turbo Boost) on the download and a glacial 400 kbps on the upload side. I can consume, but sending up a video is a time-consuming nightmare.
The upgrade to DOCSIS 3.0, which Time Warner has implemented in New York City already, would offer speeds of 50 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up for about $100 a month. Everyone knows that I have incredible pipe envy thanks to my colleagues with FiOS or Comcast’s wideband services, but maybe my time spent on the outside looking in is over. Light Reading suggests that Time Warner will deploy D3 in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and maybe the unlucky Beaumont in Texas; Akron, Columbus and Dayton in Ohio; and Albany, Buffalo, and Schenectady in upstate New York. The roll-out would coincide with areas where Time Warner Cable is feeling pressure from Verizon’s FiOS or AT&T’s U-verse service.
Of course, given the last time I asked about DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades, a Time Warner Cable spokesman inferred that it would come with tiered broadband, I may change my tune when I learn the details of Time Warner Cable’s roll-out. But for now, I’m hoping that by mid-2010 Austin will be one of the lucky portions of Texas to get superfast broadband. Especially the faster upload speeds.
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