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Time Warner Cable to Boost Broadband in Texas, Ohio and New York?

Time Warner Cable (s twc) 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 (s cmcsa) 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 (s vz) FiOS or AT&T’s (s T) 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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9 Responses to “Time Warner Cable to Boost Broadband in Texas, Ohio and New York?”

  1. I get 10Mb down and 1Mb up without TurboBoost, which is pretty much enough for everything I do online. I don’t think I’d be willing to pay any extra for the possibility that I might someday want to download something large.

    But then I prefer cable or satellite TV, because I hate having to hunt around online to find things to watch, I don’t want to watch on a laptop and I don’t want to buy a big monitor.

  2. Bryce,

    I agree that DOCSIS 3.0 would be great for austin. I currently use RoadRunner Turbo and get 22down/2up. I will be the first to pay more to get 50down/5up (even if it had caps).

    I was reacting to Stacey’s post – she complains about “glacial” speeds, but isn’t even on the fastest offering available. But for some reason wants a faster, more expensive offering. I was trying to understand her logic.

  3. Gosh- we here in Austin really need this type of connection. People like me who are web developer & work from home- we really need this badly. Beside that, it’s Austin- comon, before I moved here I had the impression that it was a tech city, sure enough it is but with Internet options we have– it’s a joke.

    Other part of me is that I had Cox then Comcast– so going to Time Warner was really a big downgrade for me and there are no alternative to go with yet. Don’t mention AT&T- they shouldn’t be in broadband business.

  4. Time Warner in Austin offers RR Turbo with 22mbps down and 2mbps up for a small extra charge (much less than the $100 talked about for 50/5mbit).

    If you aren’t willing to pay for that, why do you need DOCSIS 3.0?

  5. Meanwhile over in the UK, 50 Mbps is available for about USD 50-60/mo or thereabouts. Infinitely frustrating that the US is so backward. Since I’m in the Dallas region and we have Verizon FIOS as the TW alternative, maybe they’ll roll it out here. 100/mo is nuts.