Charter Widens Rollout Of 60-Meg Tier

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Charter Communications this month is expanding the availability of Ultra 60 broadband service -- priced at $99.99 per month -- to markets in five states.

The MSO's expected December 2010 launches include markets in Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

Ultra60, which provides 60 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, includes 10 e-mail
addresses, free Charter Security Suite, access to the Charter.net homepage as well as free access to Epix Online movies. Subscribers on Ultra 60 are capped at 500 Gigabytes of data used monthly.

Charter first launched the Ultra 60 service in January 2009,
in its home market of St. Louis. The service is delivered using
equipment that complies with CableLabs' DOCSIS 3.0 specification.

Specific market launch dates in December are currently: Springfield, Neb. (Dec. 1); Milledgeville, Ga. (Dec. 1); Hazelhurst, Ga. (Dec. 7); Michigan (various areas, Dec. 15); Anderson and Greenville, S.C. (Dec. 15); West Bend, Delevan, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Fond du Lac, Janesville, Roscoe and Beloit, Wisc. (Dec. 21); Sidney, Neb. (Dec. 22); Spartanburg and Simpsonville, S.C. (Dec. 22); and Wisconsin (multiple areas, Dec. 28).

Charter's expansion of Ultra 60 was reported Monday on BroadbandReports.com.

In February 2010, Charter signed a deal with Epix, a joint venture of Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate. The MSO charges $10 per month for access to the Epix linear channel and online service, but extends access to Epix movies online to broadband subscribers on most tiers.

Other broadband providers offer even faster speeds, including Comcast -- which is testing a 105-Mbps tier at promotional pricing of $105 per month -- Cablevision Systems, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

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