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From: Frank A. Coluccio11/8/2005 12:06:23 AM
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Cablevision to Launch 30 Mbps and 50 Mbps Cable Modem Tiers in NY

[FAC: Ain't competition wonderful? The game of chicken has finally been declared, anew. Cable has returned Verizon's serve and put the ball right back in FTTP court. Both providers know by now, of course, that scant few users will have cause, or an application that can, push those links to the limits being quoted. At least not anytime soon. At present, the need for super high speeds over cable doesn't exist to the same extent that it does for a SBC FTTN platform, or a BLS FTTC, say, because the cable operator has the advantage of having its video supported over the analog portion of the HFC plant. So, the CM data rate is independent of video. FTTN and FTTC (even PON-based FTTH), on the other hand, must support all three of the so-called "plays", i.e., Voice, Video, AND high-speed Internet access, over the same 12-to-24 Mb/s (depending on distance), without the benefit of video being supported by a separate, analog cable plant. So, 50 Mb/s down of cable modem is not the same as 50 Mb/s down of FTTx.]

Cablevision Systems, which serves some 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area, introduced two premium bandwidth tiers for its cable modem Internet service:

* Optimum Online Boost, offering speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps upstream,

* Optimum Online Ultra, offering symmetrical data connections of up to 50 Mbps upstream and downstream

Cablevision's current Optimum Online service will also be upgraded from 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream to 15 Mbps downstream and 2 Mbps up at no additional cost.

Cablevision will begin to deploy the new speeds and service levels immediately, with the accelerated Optimum Online service and Optimum Online Boost available across the company's entire service area by the middle of 2006. Optimum Online Ultra is already available across the company's entire service area. Customers will be updated directly regarding availability in their specific areas. | 07-Nov-05

* Cablevision had more than 1.5 million cable modem customers as of June 30, more than one third of the homes passed by its network. More than half of all Internet-connected homes in the company's service area access the Internet through Optimum Online.
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