Cablevision To Launch 50-Meg 'Boost Plus' Tier Next Week

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Cablevision Systems will debut Optimum Online Boost Plus, a DOCSIS 3.0-based service providing 50 Megabit per second download speeds, a source familiar with operator's plans confirmed.

The New York-area MSO's plans to launch the 50 Mbps broadband tier, which provides 8 Mbps upstream, were first reported by DSLreports.com. Pricing information is not currently available.

Cablevision first introduced the 101 Mbps "Ultra" tier (15 Mbps up), priced at $84.95 per month as part of a bundle, in April 2009. The introduction of the 50-Meg tier indicates the MSO may not be finding many takers for Ultra at that price point. Cablevision's Boost tier provides 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps up while the standard Optimum Online service is 15 Mbps down and 2 up.

Cablevision declined to comment.

Other cable operators delivering 50-Mbps speeds include Comcast, which also offers a 105 Mbps tier to 40 million homes. Time Warner Cable's top speed currently for residential users is 50 Mbps down in markets including New York City, Buffalo, N.Y., Dallas and North Carolina.

Among major providers, Verizon FiOS claims the speed crown for now with a service providing 150 Mbps down.

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