Taking aim at Time Warner Cable’s new 300 Mbps (downstream) broadband offering, RCN is launching a new high-speed Internet service in New York City that will deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps down by 20 Mbps upstream.
RCN said the new tier, which will be available across RCN’s New York metro footprint by this December, will start at $64.99 per month for new customers, with a three-year price guarantee. RCN’s next fastest residential broadband tier maxes out at 110 Mbps down by 15 Mbps for about $45 per month.
It was not immediately known what the price on the new, faster service will be for existing RCN customers, but the new tier will be powered by an Arris-made Touchstone Data Gateway with integrated WiFi.
Update: An RCN spokesperson said pricing on the 330-Meg tier for current customers will be revealed in the first quarter of 2015. The official also noted that the Arris device being deployed for the faster tier is the 1670 model, which is capable of bonding as many as 24 downstream channels and four upstream channels but is currently configured to support 16x4. The MSO is also evaluating other DOCSIS 3.0 modems that can use 16x4 or 24x4 D3 channel bonding configurations.
RCN is introducing the new 330-Meg service soon after TWC announced it had completed its “TWC Maxx” upgrade in NYC and Los Angeles, highlighted by a new 300 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 service that replaces the MSO’s former 50 Mbps offering, an all-digital TV lineup, expanded VOD library, and a new “enhanced” HD-DVR. RCN also matches up in NYC with Verizon FiOS, which recently rolled out an upgrade that enables the telco to delivery symmetrical speeds via its fiber-based network, topped off by a 500/500 Mbps tier.
"With our new 330Mbps service running across our fiber-rich network, RCN customers will enjoy seamless and smooth Internet connectivity, which is essential for streaming, uploading and downloading without interruptions,” said Bruce Abbott, NY region VP for RCN, in a statement.
RCN has not announced if or when it intends to bring a 330-meg service to its other service areas, which include Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley (Pa.), Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.