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TWC notches 3rd D3 deployment in Buffalo

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 8:15am
Mike Robuck

It’s official: Time Warner Cable has launched a DOCSIS 3.0 service in Buffalo, N.Y., which marks the third announced deployment of the wideband service.

On Wednesday, DSLReports.com said that Time Warner Cable’s DOCSIS 3.0 service was live in both Buffalo and Dallas, but Time Warner Cable spokesman Justin Venech didn’t confirm the Buffalo launch until this morning.

The wideband service is currently available in about two-thirds of the eight-county region.

Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable operator, first launched DOCSIS 3.0 in New York City last fall – where it competes against Verizon – followed by a business tier deployment in Cincinnati last month.

Venech said in an e-mail to CED this morning that the speeds in Buffalo are 50 Mbps on the downstream and 5 Mbps on the upstream, which are the same speeds offered in Buffalo and New York City, although both also have another tier at 20 Mbps/2 Mbps.

The price per month for the 50/5 residential tier in Buffalo, where Time Warner Cable also competes against Verizon, is $99.95. In Cincinnati, the 50 Mbps commercial service is priced at $349.95 per month, while the 20 Mbps is $309.95. In New York City, the 50 Mbps service is priced at $289.95 per month, while the 20 Mbps is $199.95.

While Comcast expects to have DOCSIS 3.0 largely rolled out across its entire footprint by the end of this year, Time Warner Cable has moved at a slower pace. But expect the DOCSIS 3.0 dominoes to start falling at a rapid clip for Time Warner Cable over the coming weeks and months.

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