Atlantic Broadband Wraps Rebrand of Acquired MetroCast Systems

Also moves ahead with broadband upgrades in legacy MetroCast markets
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As the final step of its acquisition of MetroCast Cable Systems, Atlantic Broadband said it has rebranded those systems as Atlantic Broadband and pushed ahead with a set of high-speed internet upgrades for residential and business customers in those legacy MetroCast markets.

The $1.4 billion MetroCast deal was completed in January.

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As part of the speed upgrade, residential subs in the former MetroCast areas have access to speeds up to 200 Mbps, and business customers can get up to 500 Mbps, depending on the market.

Atlantic Broadband also plans to start rolling out 1-Gig service to its new markets this summer.

Here’s how the current round of upgrades break down by speed tier:

Residential:

· Access tier download speeds increase from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Mbps

· High Speed Express tier download speeds increase from 5 Mbps to 20 Mbps

· Turbo tier download speeds increase from 35 Mbps and 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps

· Ultra tier download speeds increase from 105 Mbps and 150 Mbps to 200 Mbps

Business:

· Small business tier download speeds increase from 10 Mbps to 25 Mbps

· Performance tier download speeds increase from 60 Mbps to 100 Mbps

· Advanced tier download speeds increase from 120 Mbps to 200 Mbps

· Professional tier download speeds will soon increase from 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps in Berwick/Pocono, Pa.; King George and Saluda, Va., locations

· Professional tier download speeds will soon increase from 200 Mbps to 500 Mbps in Sanford, Maine; Belmont and Rochester, N.H.; and St. Mary’s, Md.

“People consume technology at an infinitely higher rate than they did just a few years ago. Residential customers may operate as many as 10+ connected devices in a household daily and businesses rely on fast speeds and powerful internet to stay competitive,” Rich Shea, president and CEO of Atlantic Broadband, said in a statement. “To ensure customers have the best user experience, we are committed to investing in the latest technology and will begin rolling out Gigabit Internet service to our new markets starting this summer.”

Quincy, Mass.-based Atlantic Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogeco Communications.

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