Cox ups Internet speeds, boards ESPN360.com train
Cox Communications is set to increase the speed of its Preferred and Premier residential high-speed Internet offerings on Sept. 29 in its northern Virginia market.
Cox’s Preferred tier will be 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream, and its Premier offering will be 25 Mbps/3 Mbps. Before, the Preferred tier was 9 Mbps/768 Kbps and Premier was 15 Mbps/1.5 Mbps.
And Cox has added a new speed to its Cox Business Internet service to complement its 50 Mbps/5 Mbps and 24 Mbps/4 Mbps offerings: a new 15 Mbps/3 Mbps tier.
Cox joined the DOCSIS 3.0 party in April with a rollout in Lafayette Parish, La., and last month it flipped the switch on its 50 Mbps wideband service in the Phoenix and Tucson areas in Arizona. Cox previously launched D3 in Rhode Island, Northern Virginia, and in Fredericksburg and Fairfax counties in Virginia.
The company’s 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps service, called “Ultimate Internet,” is available for $89.99 per month, and Cox customers can ramp up their speeds to 55 Mbps via its PowerBoost technology.
Cox plans to offer DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in more than two-thirds of its systems across the country by the end of 2010.
Meanwhile, Cox has also jumped aboard the ESPN360.com train, and according to the operator, its residential and business Internet customers will have access to the site – for free – beginning Sept. 30.
The site is ESPN's 24/7 broadband sports network, which offers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually.
The American Cable Association recently appealed once again to the Federal Communications Commission to prevent TV station conglomerates from squeezing small cable companies to elicit ever-higher retransmission consent fees.
ACA President and CEO Matthew Polka referenced recent deals in which ISPs – both cable and telco – have agreed to pay ESPN to open access to the ESPN360.com Web site to their Internet subscribers; the ISPs offer access to ESPN360.com to their subs for free. While a Comcast or a Verizon can afford such arrangements, the ACA complains its members are not so lucky, putting them at a distinct competitive disadvantage.