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Charter Bumps Business & Residential Broadband Speeds

Residential Speed Boosts Come As MSO Goes All-Digital, Unleashes ‘Spectrum’ Brand 1/06/2014 12:38 PM Eastern

Charter is kicking off the new year by boosting Internet speeds for its residential and business customers.

On the business end, Charter said it is bumping the downstream speeds of its “Essentials30” and “Pro50” customers to 60 Mbps and 80 Mbps, respectively, without raising costs.

On the residential side, it will double its flagship service from 30 Mbps to 60 Mbps (downstream) for no additional cost as Charter rolls out its "Spectrum" suite of products and services in tandem with all-digital upgrades.

Charter, which ended the third quarter of 2013 with  4.29 million residential high-speed Internet subs, introduced the Spectrum brand last November. The MSO noted that the Charter Spectrum suit of services will be launched in all markets this year as those areas are upgraded to all-digital.

Charter is preparing to migrate to all-digital in Missouri and southern Illinois, and complete that portion of the job by mid-year. It has already completed all-digital upgrades in several markets, including parts of Texas, California, South Carolina, Michigan and Massachusetts. It expects to complete the upgrade across its 29-state footprint by the end of 2014.

Charter noted that this marked the fifth time in four years that Charter Business has boosted speeds without jacking up monthly fees.

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