Following some earlier trials, Time Warner Cable took the wraps off a speedier Road Runner tier that caps speeds at 6 Mbps downstream and 512 kbps in the upstream. The flagship service offers 3 Mbps/384 kbps.
The operator is offering the faster tier, dubbed Road Runner Premium, across its 31 operating divisions. The extra speed will also cost a few extra bucks. Road Runner Premium will run between $64.95 and $84.85 per month, depending on the package or how it is bundled with other Time Warner Cable services. The 3 Mbps Road Runner tier sells for $44.95 before bundle discounts.
Time Warner will target the new, faster service to customers who use applications that consume lots of bandwidth.
Road Runner Premium "should be perfectly suited to gamers and other Internet customers needing an even speedier connection," said Gregg DiPaolo, Time Warner's SVP of high-speed data.
Because the flagship product offers enough speed for most customers, "we do not anticipate a significant migration to the premium option," he added.
Time Warner Cable is also testing a "lite" cable modem product in a handful of divisions as a retention strategy. In Rochester, for example, the lite offering sells for $22.95 per month, with caps set at 256 kbps up/128 kbps down.