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Charter gears up for DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 7:50am
Mike Robuck

Charter Communications is working on launching its DOCSIS 3.0-based Ultra60 service across more of its footprint this month.

Charter, the nation's fourth-largest cable operator, first launched Ultra60 in St. Louis early last year, which is also where the company is headquartered. Ultra60 features download speeds of up to 60 Mbps on the downstream and upstream speeds of up to 5 Mbps.

Ultra60 was priced at $129.99, as part of a bundle, when it was first launched, but the current price is $99.99 per month. The price includes 10 e-mail addresses, a free Charter Security Suite, the Charter.net homepage and free access to Epix online movies.

The planned DOCSIS 3.0 launches and dates include: Springfield, Neb., and Milledgeville, Ga., on Dec. 1; Hazelhurst, Ga. (Dec. 7); West Bend, Delevan, Watertown, Oconomowoc, Fond du Lac, Janesville, Roscoe and Beloit, Wisc. (Dec. 21); various areas of Michigan (Dec. 15); Anderson and Greenville, S.C. (Dec. 15); Sidney, Neb. (Dec. 22); Spartanburg and Simpsonville, S.C. (Dec. 22); and multiple other areas of Wisconsin (Dec. 28).

Charter has used Motorola's cable modems in past DOCSIS 3.0 deployments, but the company has also certified modems from Cisco/Scientific Atlanta and Ubee Interactive. Charter is also using cable modem termination systems from Cisco and Arris for its wideband service.

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