When it comes to broadband, Mediacom Communications is keeping the pedal to the metal.
The MSO announced Wednesday that it has deployed 1-Gig service in more than 1,000 U.S. communities following launches in Missouri and Kansas that span 82 communities and 253,000 homes and businesses passed.
It marks the latest step in Mediacom’s ambitious rollout of DOCSIS 3.1, a multi-gigabit platform that delivers multi-gig speeds over HFC networks, and complements its fiber-fed service for business customers.
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Mediacom upgraded its HFC network to D3.1 last year, and has also launched 1-Gig service in several other parts of its footprint, including northern Indiana; Illinois; Georgia; Minnesota; Huntsville, Ala.; southern Tennessee, and Iowa.
Early on, Mediacom has been selling a 1-Gig (downstream) service, paired with upstream speeds up to 50 Mbps, at $139.99 per month as a standalone, with a “promotional package offers” that will also be announced at a later date. Mediacom’s DOCSIS 3.1-based 1-Gig offering comes with a monthly data limit of 6 terabytes before overage charges are applied ($10 for each additional bucket of 50 GB of usage). Mediacom has also been introducing a new 500 Mbps tier in its D3.1 markets.
“Since 1996, Mediacom has invested over $8 billion of private capital to acquire, upgrade and expand our national broadband network so that hard-working families throughout the smaller markets we serve receive the same advanced communications services as America’s largest cities,” Steve Purcell, group VP for Mediacom’s Capital Region, said in a statement. “As a result of these investments, we are extremely proud to be adding dozens of cities and towns that we serve in Missouri and Kansas to Mediacom’s rapidly expanding list of true gigabit communities.”
Mediacom said Springfield Mayor Ken McClure was on hand to tour the MSO’s regional technology hub and issue a congratulatory proclamation citing his city’s status as Mediacom’s 1,000th community to become a “Gigabit City.”
“Springfield residents, like consumers elsewhere, rely on more connected-devices and have seen their internet data consumption grow by as much as thirty-five to fifty percent per year,” the proclamation stated.