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Charter Communications boosts data speeds for free

Thu, 12/01/2011 - 3:09pm
Mike Robuck

Charter Communications has put more spring in the step of some of its business and residential data tiers with increased speeds at no additional cost.

On the residential side, Charter has raised the speed of its flagship DOCSIS 3.0-based tier from 60 Mbps on the downstream to 100 Mbps and renamed it Charter Internet Ultra100. The upstream speed for Ultra100 is 5 Mbps.

In markets where Charter has deployed DOCSIS 3.0 technology, which is approximately 95 percent of its Internet service area, the company is increasing its Charter Internet Express download speeds from 12 Mbps to 15 Mbps and increasing upstream speeds from 1 Mbps to up to 3 Mbps.

Charter Internet Plus download speeds are being increased from 18 Mbps to up to 30 Mbps, and upload speeds are being increased from 2 Mbps to up to 4 Mbps.

Charter's Express and Plus speeds are also increasing in the remaining portions of Charter's service areas nationwide.

"The Internet is changing the way we watch TV, communicate with our friends and family, and engage in social and professional networks. When you're posting content online, we know it's important to have a fast, reliable connection, and we're committed to enabling the rapid sharing of content," said Rich DiGeronimo, Charter senior vice president of product and strategy. "With multiple connected devices in your home, you don't have to make tradeoffs with Charter Internet. You can use multiple gadgets simultaneously and enjoy a rich experience with each one. The power of the Internet continues to grow, and Charter delivers more speed than ever."

Charter Business increased its data speeds for its Charter Business Internet Essentials16 and Charter Business Internet Essentials25 tiers for the third time since last year, also at no additional cost. The new speed increases will take place in approximately 95 percent of Charter's Internet service areas nationwide.

Specific increases in downstream and upstream speeds are:

  • Charter Business Internet Essentials16, with downstream speeds of 16 Mbps and upstream speeds of 2 Mbps, will increase to up to 20 Mbps downstream and up to 3 Mbps upstream – at least six times faster than 3 Mbps DSL service and more than 13 times faster than a T1 line.
  • Charter Business Internet Essentials25, with downstream speeds of 25 Mbps and upstream speeds of 3 Mbps, will increase to up to 30 Mbps downstream and up to 4 Mbps upstream – at least six times faster than 5 Mbps DSL service and 20 times faster than T1.
  • Charter Business’ fastest commercial offerings, Pro50 and Pro100, remain the same, providing up to 50 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream and up to 100 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream, respectively.

With the increased speeds, businesses will have faster downstream and upstream times for file transfers and can more efficiently run billing systems and credit card processing, as well as enhance Web server and email efficiency. In addition, employees will gain faster access to data and more applications with hosted, cloud-based services.

“We appreciate the importance of connectivity in today’s business environment, and Charter Business continues to invest in our network, ensuring maximum uptime and reliability for our thousands of business customers,” said Jim McGann, senior vice president of Charter Business.

Earlier in the year, PC Magazine named Charter one of the fastest ISPs in the nation.

Charter, the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, has also fared well in Netflix’s survey of data speeds.

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