Mediacom Launches New Generation Broadband Service

Thanks to the folks from Mediacom for sending me this update.

Digital Families Gain Faster, 50-meg Internet Speeds; Broadband Boost for Carlton, Lake, Itasca, Pine and St. Louis Counties

GRAND RAPIDS, MN – March 19, 2013 — Mediacom Communications announced today that it has more than doubled the speeds of its broadband Internet service to provide homes and businesses throughout its Northern Minnesota service areas with download speeds of 50 mega-bits-per-second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 5 Mbps. The higher-speed Internet service, Ultra 50, is 150-percent faster than the 20 Mbps service many customers have been using.

Mediacom’s Ultra 50 broadband service became available in recent weeks after upgrades to the company’s fiber-optic communications network were completed in Cloquet, Eveleth, Hibbing and Two Harbors. Ultra 50 is the result of the cable industry’s innovative channel bonding technology known as DOCSIS 3.0 that uses a cable modem to deliver faster Internet speeds used for bandwidth-intensive applications such as movie downloads, file sharing, and online gaming.  The 50-meg service is ideal for homes and businesses where multiple devices or multiple Internet connections are used to send or receive data.

“From the largest cities to the smallest towns, Americans are consuming more bandwidth and demanding a faster Internet,” Jensen said.  “With recent launches, Mediacom delivers the high speeds of Ultra 50 broadband service through an extensive area of Minnesota, from Worthington to Litchfield in the southern and central areas of the state, and now extending north to include communities in Itasca, St. Louis, Carlton, Pine and Lake Counties.”

The DOCSIS technology of Mediacom Ultra 50 allows a consumer to download a high-definition (HD) movie (6 gigabytes) in just 16 minutes.  That compares to the 4.4 hours it would take to download the same movie using a common 3 Mbps DSL service from a traditional phone company, according to Mediacom Regional Vice President Bill Jensen.

“This broadband boost demonstrates Mediacom’s commitment to continually invest in technology and expand our fiber network to ensure that consumers in all of our service areas can connect to reliably fast broadband service,” Jensen said.

Jensen explained that new Internet applications have rapidly developed and changed how today’s consumers use the Internet.  “We watch news, sports and movies online; we frequently check updates for weather or sports scores, find recipes, play games, share digital photos with friends and family.  The list goes on and on.”

Mediacom was among the earliest cable companies to offer the new-generation broadband service of DOCSIS 3.0, which it makes available to both residential and business customers.  Each Mediacom Ultra 50 customer is equipped with a new, more powerful modem configured for the higher Internet speeds.

“The broadband speed of Mediacom Ultra 50 is in greater demand today than even just 12 months ago,” Jensen said. “It has become essential for families using multiple devices that connect to the Internet — tablets, laptops, smart phones or gaming consoles.  With the dramatic changes in the way today’s families and businesses use the Internet, the need for more bandwidth has never been greater.  The speed of Ultra 50 delivers a reliably better experience for the whole family or office.”

Mediacom Communications is the nation’s eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional and advanced video services such as digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, as well as high-speed Internet access and phone service. Through Mediacom Business, the Company offers affordable broadband communications solutions that can be tailored to any size business.

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IMPACT AREA:  higher-speed broadband service, Mediacom Ultra 50, is available to residents and businesses in the areas listed below.

Carlton County:  Cloquet, Esko, Carlton, Moose Lake, Moose Lake Township, Thomson, Windemere

Itasca County: Calumet, Cohasset, Coleraine, Grand Rapids, Harris Township, Keewatin, La Prairie, Marble, Nashwauk, Taconite

Lake County:  Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Two Harbors

Pine County:  Sturgeon Lake

St. Louis County:  Hibbing, Chisholm, Buhl, Kinney, Mt. Iron, Virginia, Fayal, Eveleth, Gilbert, McKinley, Biwabik, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, White Township, Proctor, Midway Township, Hermantown

It sounds as if there are tiers of service available beyond their standard Mediacom Prime which is 15 Mbps; they offer Prime Plus speed at 30 Mbps (down) x 2 Mbps (up). They mentioned to me that more and more people are starting to take advantage of the higher level services, which I think helps indicate that while build and they will come may not work for minimum speeds – folks will upgrade with less coaxing once great bandwidth is available.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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