Mediacom: The Fastest By A Smidge

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Mediacom Communications is going “one louder” on super-fast broadband, as Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel might say.

The operator this month plans to launch a 105-Megabits-per-second service — billed as the speediest residential Internet access available anywhere in North America — in Waterloo, Iowa, and the tiny beach town of Dagsboro, Del.

“This 105 product is intended to be a 'wow' product,” Mediacom vice president of legal and public affairs Tom Larsen said. “We're trying to show we can offer the same kinds of broadband services that are available in big cities.”

Previously, the broadband speed title in the U.S. was claimed by Cablevision Systems, which debuted the 101-Mbps Optimum Online Ultra service in April. Canada's Shaw Communications has hit the 100-Mbps mark, and Comcast offers a 100-Mbps business tier in certain markets.

Mediacom's 105-Mbps down/10-Mbps up service will have introductory pricing of $150 per month for 12 months and about $200 per month after, he said.

According to Larsen, Mediacom also will roll out DOCSIS 3.0-based services in eight other markets (which he declined to identify), offering a 50-Mbps down and 5-Mbps up tier to about 25% of the cable operator's approximately 765,000 high-speed Internet customers. The 50/5 services will be offered at $99 per month for 12 months, then in the “$130 range” per month after, he said.

In Iowa, Mediacom competes with Qwest and Iowa Telecom; last month Windstream Communications announced plans to acquire Iowa Telecom for $1.1 billion. In Delaware, Verizon Communications is the incumbent telco.

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