I never thought I would say this: right now I wouldn’t mind living in Long Island. Why? Because I would have access to Cablevision’s Optimum Online cable modem service which will offer a standard downstream bandwidth of 15 megabits per second, with no additional charge to current 1.52 million Optimum customers. That makes it the best offer amongst all MSOs for now, and perhaps the only one near close to Verizon’s FIOS service. I am pretty sure this is going to cause a lot of indigestion amongst incumbents who are offering trickles-as-broadband.
There is a battle raging right now in Long Island over who can offer the most bandwidth and speeds to consumers. Expect this scenario to repeat itself all over the country as cable carriers try and wrestle with the phone companies. Cablevision is also offering two premium bandwidth tiers – 30 megabits per second and 50 megabits per second – by using technology from Narad Networks, a company I have written in the past. The premium offerings are called Optimum Online Boost (speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream,) and Optimum Online Ultra, offering symmetrical data connections of up to 50 Mbps upstream and downstream. Boost will cost an extra $14.95 per month, or $9.95 for those who buy company’s VoIP phone service. Photo via Flickr