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Cablevision Tees Up Another Broadband Experiment

7/30/2013 12:51 PM

Even as Cablevision Systems winds down its OMGfast fixed wireless broadband and voice service in south Florida, the MSO is already starting to tee up another experimental Internet project in the Sunshine State.

According to a recorded message about OMGfast’s coming shut down, Cablevision is offering some of those customers a chance to try out this new thing that the MSO's got cooking. “If you received an invitation to participate in the new Internet technology trial and would like to continue your service, please press 1 to opt in or get more information,” the message reader.

I'm not an OMGfast customer, but that doesn't mean I'm not curious, so of course I pressed “1” and identified myself to the person on the other end of the phone, who then, promptly and courteously, informed me that media inquiries were being handled by Cablevision.

At this stage, Cablevision is not offering any details about what this new trial is about and whether it’s based on the Multichannel Video and Data Distribution (MVDDS) spectrum it’s been using to power the OMGfast service.

"As we said previously, OMGFAST will be discontinuing its voice and broadband services and we have nothing further to announce,” a Cablevision spokeswoman said.

Still, the trial appears to be small and unrelated to OMGfast. And, according to the recorded message, not all existing OMGfast are being invited to test the waters on this new Internet technology trial. So, I’ll keep digging around for more. And if you’re a former OMGfast customer who has a explored this new, experimental option, I’d love to hear from you.

Cablevision is expected to complete the shut down of OMGfast sometime next month. At its high point, about 3,000 customers took the service, which was highlighted by a 50 Mbps Internet service and offered in Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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