100Mbps broadband coming to Cablevision customers

— 1:07 PM on April 28, 2009

Folks in parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will soon have access to blazing-fast, Japanese-style broadband. As the New York Times reports, Cablevision plans to introduce such a service to its entire coverage area, which spans about five million people, on May 11.

The service will use DOCSIS 3.0 cable technology to reach top speeds of 101Mbps for downloads and 15Mbps for uploads. And the best part? It'll be cheaper than competing offerings with lower top speeds: Cablevision will charge $99.95 a month, which is about 40 bucks cheaper than Comcast's 50Mbps DOCSIS 3 service.

The Times writes that Cablevision spent about $300 million to upgrade its network for those speeds. Since the firm has 3.1 million customers, the upgrade cost works out to just under $97 per customer (or $60 per home). "Those relatively low numbers are consistent with other reports that say the overall cost to deploy Docsis 3 is quite low compared to the premium prices that cable companies are charging for 50-megabit and 100-megabit service," the Times comments.

Consumer-grade DOCSIS 3.0 does cost less in other countries. Japanese ISP J:Com reportedly offers a 160Mbps plan for ¥6,000 ($60) a month, while French ISP Numéricable charges only €21.90 ($28.64) a month for 100Mbps Internet access (albeit with 5Mbps upstream). Competition between Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others may well lead to cheaper super-fast broadband in the States, though.

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