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It’s been a busy week of broadband announcements for Charter Communications, as the company announced yesterday that it has deployed a broadband service featuring new download speeds of up to 16 Mbps in most of its Georgia service area.

Earlier this week, Charter made the same announcement for the new 16 Mbps service in parts of its Illinois and Missouri service areas (story here), as well as in its Wisconsin footprint (story here).

The new tier, called Charter High-Speed Internet Max, uses DOCSIS 2.0 technology and equipment for the increased speed, although Charter is currently testing DOCSIS 3.0 gear in laboratory evaluation trials before starting field trials in selected markets later this year.

Charter High-Speed Internet Max is the premium tier of service for Charter customers and is up to nine times faster than DSL. Charter also offers Charter High-Speed Plus, with download speeds up to 10 Mbps, and Charter High-Speed Internet, with download speeds up to 5 Mbps.

Earlier this year, the new tier was rolled out in Fort Worth, Highland Park, University Park and the other North Texas cities that the cable company serves.

Charter said that it has invested more than one billion dollars in capital to enhance its service capabilities, including millions in its Georgia footprint.

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