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Charter Rolls DOCSIS 3.1 to Seven More Markets

NYC, San Antonio, Kansas City among markets that get new ‘Spectrum Internet Gig’ service 12/20/2017 12:06 PM Eastern

Charter Communications confirmed that it has launched DOCSIS 3.1 and its new Spectrum Internet Gig offering to seven more markets.

Charter, which launched D3.1 in Oahu a few weeks ago, said it has extended access to more than 8.8 million consumers in systems serving Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Honolulu; Kansas City, Mo; New York City; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and San Antonio. Notably, that group includes several markets with a Google Fiber presence.

RELATED: Charter Launches 1-Gig in Oahu for $104.99/Month

DSL Reports reported on Charter’s D3.1 expansion earlier this week.

Charter said it will launch D3.1 to more markets in 2018.

Charter’s new cap-free offering, which pairs a downstream that maxes at 1 Gbps with an upstream up to 35 Mbps, is priced at $104.99 per month to new customers. Charter confirmed in the Oahu launch that pricing on it for existing customers with TV service is $114.99 per month, and $124.99 per month without the TV service bundle. Service also comes with a modem with integrated WiFi and a 30-day money back guarantee, the company said then.

In those D3.1-enabled markets, Charter is also doubling minimum downstream internet speed  – from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps at no added cost. That minimum speed tier comes with a 10 Mbps upstream.

“Charter’s state-of-the-art, fiber-rich network is superior in its ability to deliver fast and reliable internet to millions of consumers across the country,” Tom Rutledge, Charter’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “As technology continues to evolve, the products and services of tomorrow will increasingly rely on faster broadband connections. Charter’s world-class network is best-positioned to deliver the bandwidth and capacity needed to meet these growing demands.”

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